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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. 

This years charities include Samaritans, Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Teac Tom (The Thomas Hayes Trust), New Ross Meals on Wheels, The Watergarden Thomastown and Waterford Hospice.


What's different about Samaritans?

  • We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night.
  • People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like.
  • We don't rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace.
  • There's no waiting lists, and no assessments.
  • We want you to feel safe while talking to us, so you can tell us how you’re really feeling. 
  • For some, we’re the only place they can turn to without fear of judgement.
  • For others that might worry about burdening friends or family, we offer a safe place to turn.
  • We don’t skirt around issues, and we’re not afraid to go into deep and difficult areas.
  • Sometimes just having the acceptance from someone that what they say won’t be judged is enough to help people open up, and is such a relief to them.
  • We don’t just wait for people to get in touch with us – we make sure as many people as possible know who we are and how we can help them.
  • We reach 228,370 people a year in schools, hospitals and the homeless.
  • It’s because of your support that we are able to visit your local communities.



The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is a registered charity in Ireland, and for over 40 years the Trust has been travelling on pilgrimage/holiday to Lourdes with young people with special needs, from all over Ireland. 

The Trust has over 1200 people travelling at Easter time and it is divided into small groups of approx 10 young people and 12 volunteer carers who stay in one of the many Hotels in Lourdes. 

During the summer we bring groups to Hosanna House in Bartres near Lourdes for what is a unique experience both Carer and Guest. 

We have two super facilities in Kilcuan, Co. Galway and  Cois Cuain, Co. Wexford each offering different opportunities. Both facilities provide Friendship weeks during the Summer.


Teac Tom (The Thomas Hayes Trust)

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. 

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. We supply specialised equipment for pain control and comfort as well as psychological and social support for the patients and their families. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

In 2017, there is no dedicated Hospice Unit in the South East of Ireland.


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