Marie Keating Foundation Comfort Fund financially supports more than 500 families thanks to private donations from individuals and corporates
Looking to 2018, the Foundation is concerned with the increased number of applications for the Comfort Fund which provides financial assistance to cancer patients
In 2016, 531 families were supported by the Marie Keating Foundation Comfort Fund, thanks to the generous personal and corporate donations from a range of companies, including myLotto24, Marks & Spencer Ireland and Homestead. The Marie Keating Foundation Comfort Fund provides financial assistance to people who are currently receiving treatment for any kind of cancer and who find themselves in financial difficulty as a result. This is one of only a few such funds in Ireland that aims to help those who are struggling financially to pay medical costs, household bills, transport costs and childcare expenses.
One such recipient of the Comfort Fund is Jamie Cremins, 25, from Kerry who is currently being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. On the subject of the financial implications of cancer, Jamie said ‘the financial aid provided by the Foundation is priceless to me and my family. It helps me pay for the things I don’t need to be worrying about while I am sick. The Comfort Fund helps me with my petrol to travel to the hospital, food and phone bills and much more. It really helped ease the burden during this stressful time”.
As we approach 2018, the Marie Keating Foundation wants to ensure that they are able to continue to retain as well as grow this fund to share the financial burden suffered by families during an already extremely difficult time in their lives.
Liz Yeates, CEO of the Marie Keating Foundation, said: “The financial difficulty that people with cancer can face during their cancer journey is something that is incredibly stressful but rarely talked about. The Comfort Fund provides vital support and reassurance to those suffering financially due to the many additional costs a cancer patient has to endure. Currently, this support can only be provided thanks to the generosity of donors like myLotto24, Marks and Spencer Ireland and Homestead. We have seen a huge increase in the demand on the Comfort Fund and would not have been able to award these vital grants without their ongoing support.”
Shenaly Amin, Ireland Country Manager, myLotto24, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Marie Keating Foundation’s Comfort Fund. myLotto24 has a longstanding record of giving back to good causes; it’s something we’re very proud of as a business. Our support for the Comfort Fund is part of our commitment to being a responsible business in Ireland.”
*The online brand of myLotto24, which holds an Irish betting licence and is a supporter of the Marie Keating Foundation Comfort Fund, allows consumers to place bets on a range of lotteries and games around the world via the website www.mylotto24.ie.
About the Marie Keating Foundation
Following their mother Marie’s death in 1998, the Keating family promised that they would do everything they could to bring an end to cancer. They committed to provide people in Ireland with the necessary information to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest stages.
Through its community information service, the Foundation’s dedicated nurses have enlightened over 235,000 people of the causes and risk factors of cancer. The Foundation is continuing to expand its awareness on each of the most common cancers affecting both men and women in Ireland, at local level through its community outreach approach as well as through integrated, national cancer awareness campaigns.
Through its Comfort Fund, the Marie Keating Foundation provides financial assistance to people who are currently receiving treatment for any kind of cancer and who, as a result, find themselves in financial difficulty. In 2016 alone, over 531 families received assistance from the Comfort Fund.
The Marie Keating Foundation supports cancer survivors through its Survive & Thrive programmes which are run nationwide, free of charge, for men and women who have completed their cancer treatment. Over 870 cancer survivors have attended courses and seminars since its inception in 2014.
The Marie Keating Foundation understands that when it receives a donation, it is being entrusted to spend those funds efficiently and wisely in the fight against cancer. The Foundation take this responsibility very seriously. It ensures that every activity it undertakes is measurable, and properly accounted for. The Marie Keating Foundation has best-of-class corporate governance structures having attained the Triple Lock best practice governance standards. The Foundation has an exceptionally committed Board of Directors, none of whom take any fees or expenses for their work or time. Its accounts are independently audited by Mazars annually and they are publicly available on the Foundation’s website.
*The online brand of myLotto24, which holds an Irish betting license and is a supporter of the Marie Keating Foundation Comfort Fund, allows consumers to place bets on a range of lotteries and games around the world via the website www.mylotto24.ie.