Annual coffee morning at Boggan's will brew up funds for Wexford Hospice Homecare
Members of the community are invited to pay a warm toast to the staff at Wexford Hospice Homecare at the annual coffee morning in Boggan's Shop on November 17.
Now in it's fourth year, the event has become an important fixture in the diaries of many local people according to organiser Joan Boggan. It was inspired by her own family's experience of the Wexford Hospice Homecare team during her husband Hugh's illness.
'Wexford Hospice Homecare was unknown to us three years ago until the dreaded cancer hit our beloved husband and father,' she said. 'They made a huge difference to my family as they came at a stage when we couldn't manage on our own. I'm sure I am speaking for many families when I say that. They come and manage the patients, manage their pain and their needs and above all, give them kindness and friendship. You wouldn't believe how good they are at this.'
Following Hugh's death in October 2013, the Boggan family decided to do something to thank the group.
'I wanted to repay them and the only thing I could really do was organise a coffee morning,' explained Joan. 'It is back by popular demand and people already know when it is on before I announce it. People's donations come in before I have even organised anything.'
Through the event, Joan said she has come across many others who have wished to extend their gratitude to Wexford Hospice Homecare.
'A lot of people have told me that they have experienced the care from Wexford Hospice Homecare but they don't always have the means to say thank you properly,' she said.
To date, the coffee mornings have raised a total of €10,500 for Wexford Hospice Homecare. The donations have been growing by the year, with €3,000 in the first year and €3,500 and €4,000 raised in years two and three respectively. Joan said she doesn't strive to surpass the record again this year, saying that she is just grateful for anything she gets in.
'A lot of families are touched by serious illness; we need more of these professional people to help them. But they need resources to continue their work,' said Joan.
The event will officially run from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. but for those heading to work, the team at Boggan's will have the kettle boiling from the early hours of Thursday morning. They will also welcome people who wish to pop by later in the day. Along with plenty of tea, coffee and treats, there will also be prizes up for grabs in the event raffle.