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The charities we have supported over the past 9 years include Samaritans, Diabetes Ireland, The Jonah Special School, Irish Pilgrimage Trust and Camphill Communities of Ireland - The Watergarden, Thomastown. The 2018 Charities include the following:

 

Teac Tom provides free counselling and therapy to adults and children and groups affected by suicide. We provide a family support Group and 1 to 1 support.

The Thomas Hayes Trust (THT) was established in February 2014 by Angela Hayes, her children, family and friends following the tragic loss of her son, Thomas to suicide (2010) on the anniversary of his dad’s suicide. At that time she was unaware of the suffering within the community experienced by others in similar circumstances. This awareness was illuminated when her son Alan and Angela were invited to speak on the Late Late Show, in January 2014, to tell their story of how suicide had affected their family. On that night her son Alan performed a song he composed for her called “Survivor” a song he wrote to show her that he was proud of how she had reached out for help through counselling, to help herself and her family navigate the awful pain of grief through suicide. The public response to their story and the song was phenomenal, with people suggesting that Alan’s song be recorded and the proceeds be donated to a charity. It was not her intention at that time to do anything except tell their story however, with the overwhelming response and the launching of the song an opportunity presented to set up the Trust to “support the people of Kilkenny and surrounding areas that have been affected by suicide, and to those who contemplate or contemplated ending their life” Angela says “The Thomas Hayes Trust by helping others will commemorate the life of Thomas – a son, brother and friend”, and to remember his father Tommy.

 

The Watergarden is a non-residential centre for adults with special needs. It includes a coffeeshop, garden centre, gardens and art gallery which are also open to the public These different areas provide a diversity of challenges and opportunities. 

The beautiful garden offers a therapeutic backdrop to the workplace of The Watergarden and gives everyone an experience of the changing seasons.The principal impulses of The Watergarden are to provide meaningful work for adults with special needs and to bring the Camphill ethos into the wider community

We also provide differing levels of home-based support to some of those working in The Watergarden and living independently in the town. This allows some people to move out of their parental home to live independently or semi-independently for the first time. A recently awarded grant means that we can develop a site to provide private apartments for this purpose. 

Samaritans offer support 24 hours a day, every day by phone and email.

A conversation with someone you don't know can often feel easier than trying to talk to friends or family. That's why Samaritans in Ireland were contacted over half a million times last year. You don't have to be suicidal to contact us. People often call us because of: 

  • Relationship and family problems
  • Loss, including loss of a job, a friend or a family member through bereavement 
  • Financial worries 
  • Job-related stress or overwork 
  • Loneliness

 

 

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust brings young people with special needs to Lourdes every 

Easter. The Trust also hosts Summer Camps called Friendship Weeks in Kilcuan in Galway and Cois Cuain in Wexford.

 

 

 

Waterford Hospice Movement provides medical and nursing care for patients with life limiting illnesses, in their own homes and in nursing homes throughout Waterford City, County and South Kilkenny.

It currently costs Waterford Hospice approximately €700,000 annually to provide its services. Most of this amount has to be raised through donations, local fundraising (Sunflower Day, Coffee Mornings, etc.) and funds raised on our behalf by our loyal supporters (individuals, groups, clubs etc.) The Health Service Executive (HSE) provides €279K of the remaining funding required at present.

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