MILFORD Care Centre, which provides care to some 1,250 patients a year, is reliant on nearly €2m in public donations a year to keep their services.
Pat Quinlan, chief executive of Milford Care Centre, was speaking ahead of the 28th annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair on Sunday, September 1, which draws crowds of up to 20,000, and crucially is their largest fundraising event of the year.
Mr Quinlan told the Limerick Leader that some €16.5m is needed to run the centre in Castletroy each year, which provides a range of out-reach services to patients in need across the Mid-West.
The number of people seeking the services of the centre has risen from 142 in 1988, to 1,250 in the present date, due to Ireland’s growing elderly population.
Mr Quinlan said while traditionally Milford has been associated with the care of cancer patients, some 20% of their patients present with other conditions such as motor-neuron disease, respiratory illness and heart disease, “with an increase in referrals on a year-by-year basis”.
Milford is staffed by 350 people, including full and part-time staff, and 130 volunteers a week.
The fair, which takes place in the UL Arena for the first time in its history, will run from 11am until 4pm.