GARDA’S MARATHON RUN RAISES OVER €22,000 FOR WESTERN HOSPICE

Dec 8, 2023 | Nationwide News

A Donegal-born Garda has raised €22,300 for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation at this year’s Dublin City Marathon, incredibly while undergoing cancer treatment. She was also honoured with the Lord Mayor’s Medal for running her fifth Dublin City Marathon under exceptional circumstances, having received over 40 nominations for the medal, which was presented by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste.

From Malin Head, Garda Rita Casey is stationed in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. She ran the marathon while undergoing chemotherapy for brain and lung cancer, having previously fought breast cancer. The mum-of-three finds running a great source of stress relief, and with the assistance of medication, she completed the 42.2km event in just four hours and four minutes.

Since her diagnosis in 2021, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation has been a huge support to Rita and her family, pictured (above) with Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice, who described Rita as “one of the nicest, kindest and bravest ladies” she knows.

“To undertake such a challenge and raise over €22,000 in the process, is phenomenal. We are so grateful to Rita for choosing Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and her donation will go a long way in supporting those with life limiting conditions.” She noted that the funds would ensure the best facilities and services will be provided to the patients and their families in Mayo and Roscommon. On behalf of the Foundation, she thanked Garda Casey for her fundraising efforts and wished her well as she continues her treatment.

In 2019 the Mayo Hospice was completed at a cost of €9m, which came from fundraised income, and services continue to be funded within the Mayo Hospice through fundraising.

In February 2023, Roscommon Hospice opened to the public. This eight-bed in-patient facility with full day-care services was completed at a cost of €6.3m, also from fundraised income and the support from people of Mayo and Roscommon.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice provides palliative care services to people with life limiting illnesses and their families in Mayo and Roscommon and enables patients to live the remainder of their lives in comfort and dignity. Services are provided free of charge to all.

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