We Won’t Give Up Until Cancer Does: Support Daffodil Day this Friday 11 March

Daffodil Day is the biggest and longest running fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s national cancer charity. On Daffodil Day thousands of volunteers around Ireland sell daffodil pins and flowers (on streets, in businesses, homes and shopping centres) to raise money for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland. The Society’s 28th Daffodil Day is on Friday 11 March 2016.

The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive 2% government funding. The Irish Cancer Society, and its volunteers and supporters, are working towards a future without cancer.

Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers across Ireland go directly to providing information, care and support to those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland. One of the key services funded by Daffodil Day is the Night Nursing service. The Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service is a national service available to people with cancer who are seriously ill at home. The aim of the service is to provide extra support for the person who is ill and wishes to remain at home being cared for by their family. The Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses are provided free of charge for up to 10 nights. It is part of the Society’s commitment to help the patient and their carers during what can be a difficult and anxious time. The Night Nursing Service has been in operation since 1986 and currently employs 230 Night Nurses nationwide.In 2015 the Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses supported over 1,940 patients and their families coping with the advanced stages of cancer, delivering 7,956 nights of care. 96% of requests for night nursing were fulfilled in 2015. The average cost per night is €350, which includes nurse’s salaries, mileage and training and Irish Cancer Society allocated costs (management, finance, facilities).

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