Micil Distillery has handed over a cheque worth €4,000 to Galway Hospice, after matching a €2,000 donation made by Allianz Insurance this week.
The donation was made after Allianz identified the local distillery as a business which has been heavily involved in assisting within the local community throughout the pandemic.
To thank Micil Distillery, the insurance firm contacted the family-owned business offering to make a donation of €2,000 in their name to a charity of their choice.
The team at Micil Distillery chose the Galway Hospice, subsequently pledging to match the donation made in the business’ name.
Speaking about the donation Pádraic Ó Griallais, the distillery’s founder and a sixth generation poitín distiller, said that they are acutely aware that there are many charitable organisations out there that are struggling because of Covid-19.
“One such organisation who have been hugely affected are the Galway Hospice, who have suffered a huge blow to their fundraising efforts this year,” said Pádraic.
“We were delighted when we were selected by Allianz to donate €2,000 to a charity of our choice.
“We decided to match the donation with another €2,000 of our own as we wanted to give back to our local community who were very supportive to us during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
He added that charities like Galway Hospice are finding it difficult to fundraise, so they decided to “give from the heart to a charity that does such critical work”.
“We wanted to acknowledge the dedication of the volunteers and staff during what has been a very challenging time.”
Speaking about how the donation shall be used, Lorraine Gallagher from Galway Hospice said: “Galway Hospice continues to care for patients during the Covid-19 crisis.
“The pandemic has severely impacted fundraising for the Hospice and funds raised will help Galway Hospice continue to provide specialist palliative care services to adults and children with life-limiting illnesses throughout Galway, as well as providing support to their families and carers. All hospice supports and services are provided free of charge, for as long as they are needed.”