By Michael McElligott, General Manager, Home Instead Ballsbridge
Here at Home Instead Ballsbridge we believe that Christmas is a time for giving – and we’re proud to support a range of local charities and organisations that do invaluable work in the community, for causes that are close to our heart.
This year, we’ve made a number of donations to vital organisations who carry out great work and have helped older and more vulnerable people throughout a very challenging year.
Age Action – which aims to achieve fundamental change in the lives of all older people by empowering them to live full lives as actively engaged citizens;
Alone – which this year has supported older people concerned about the pandemic and the toll it has taken on their mental and physical health;
The Royal Hospital Donnybrook – the Board of Friends of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook ensures the money it raises makes a real impact on the care and treatment received by the patients at the hospital;
Dublin Simon Community – which empowers people to access and retain a home by providing housing, prevention, addiction treatment, emergency response and other targeted interventions, through advocacy and partnership;
The Capuchin Day Centre, which supports people in need of food aid, and says: “Despite the increased number of people needing our help, we did not have to cut services and no one went away from the Centre without food aid. The sheer goodness of people is evidenced every day here in the Centre by the efforts of people from all walks of life, young and old, who make personal sacrifices to support us.”
Féileacáin (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland – SANDAI), which was formed by a group of bereaved parents to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby around the time of birth;
The Society of St Vincent De Paul, which focuses on a practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families through working primarily in person-to-person contact by a unique system of family visitation and seeking to achieve social justice and equality of opportunity for all citizens;
The Irish Cancer Society, a community of patients, survivors, volunteers, supporters, health and social care professionals and researchers who have all been affected by cancer and are determined to do everything they can to ensure less people get the disease, more patients survive it and everyone has access to world class treatment, care and support.
Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, whose ‘Light Up A Life’ campaign aims to help its front-line team continue to provide essential and specialist care to patients, residents and their families.
The courage and bravery of the individuals working at these organisations through a once-in-a-century pandemic which has had perhaps its greatest impact on the very people they support is truly remarkable.
We just hope that our donations can make a small difference in their efforts over Christmas and into the New Year, and help them to cope with some of the challenges that lie ahead.
If you’d like to join us in supporting them, just follow the links above to get in touch.
Thank you, and on behalf of everyone at Home Instead Ballsbridge, I hope you have a safe and happy Christmas.