Join our Women’s Mini Marathon Team

The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon returns on Bank Holiday Sunday, 4th of June. And it’s time to get your runners at the ready and join the Mater Foundation Team for this year’s event.

The Mini Marathon is an annual 10k charity road race. Celebrating it’s 41st year, it is the largest Women’s event of its kind in the world. It’s also a standout event for us here at the Mater Foundation with so many of you signing up to fundraise on our behalf.

Click here for more details on how to join our team for this year’s event. If you have any questions, please contact Angi, our Community & Events Specialist at .

VHI Mini Marathon 2023

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Mater Team T-shirt
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50 Miles in April

Transition Year Challenge!

Will you walk 50 Miles to save lives this April?

The Mater Foundation are running a special challenge for Transition Year students and TY Coordinators in schools across Dublin this April. We’re looking for your school to join us and help us raise vital funds to purchase essential pieces of life-saving equipment for use across the Mater Public Hospital.

The Challenge

Walk 50 Miles throughout the month of April. Track your miles and ask friends and family to sponsor you!

This is the perfect initiative to promote student health and wellbeing, while raising funds to support critically ill patients in the Mater Public Hospital.

Schools taking part will get:

  • Special Limited Edition 50 Miles in April t-shirt – up to 120 t-shirts per school!
  • 50 Miles in April Tracker Sheets.
  • Sponsorship Cards.
  • Downloadable graphics for social so you can shout about the wonderful work your students are doing.
  • We’ll even share your videos on TikTok (if we have permission).
  • Certificate of Completion for each school once the challenge is done.

Can you meet the challenge?

Only a limited number of schools can take part!

So please make sure you register your interest today by contacting Roisin Duffy at or directly on 086 8052025.

Or complete the form below and submit, and we’ll get right back to you.

50 Miles in April 2023

Registration form for schools to take part in the 50 Miles in April 2023 Challenge
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Will you join us on Inis Mór for the Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon this spring?

We are delighted to announce that The Mater Foundation is the new charity partner for the Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon, which takes place on the stunning island of Inis Mór from 21st to 23rd April 2023.

The Half Marathon is a unique opportunity to run, walk or jog in the spectacular and scenic surroundings of Inis Mór and to soak up the atmosphere, ceol and culture that the island has to offer.

For more than 20 years, the Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon has supported worthy causes. We are honoured to work with the Marathon Committee to raise the funds to enable us to transform and improve patient care in The Mater Hospital, which provides expert, specialist treatment to hundreds of thousands of sick people and their families from all across Ireland each and every year.

Funds raised from this year’s Aer Arann Island’s Half Marathon will go to support a vital, life-saving project to secure twelve mechanical ventilators for the Mater Public Hospital’s new Intensive Care Unit. These vital machines are a lifeline for critically ill patients who are fighting for their last breath.

They literally save lives.

The crucial funds you raise through the Aer Arann Half Marathon will allow our doctors and nurses to provide the very best care to critically ill patients when they need it most.

We look forward to being part of this great adventure and joining all the marathoners on the island this April!

Registration Forms

Weekend participant registration form

One-night participant registration form

One-day participant registration form

Simply fill out on the screen, save and send on to

If you would like to learn more, contact Angi McNulty at or fill out our contact form below with any queries and we will be in touch!

Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon

Register your interest for the Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon and we will contact you directly!

We’re delighted to be chosen by Dublin Bus as a recipient of their Community Spirit Awards this year!

The award of €1,000 will help elderly isolated people in the Dublin 7 area who depend on the Mater’s Catherine McCauley Day Centre on Leo Street.

Every day, the Centre provides hot meals, respite, medical care and social interaction to 20 isolated and vulnerable elderly people in the area surrounding the Mater Public Hospital.

For each person, its homely and welcoming atmosphere is their lifeline, looking after their mental and physical needs, while also enhancing their quality of life and independence through social contact, exercise and companionship.

This vital project depends on charitable funding from the Mater Foundation to keep its doors open.

Thank you, Dublin Bus, for supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our local community.

On Sunday 27th November, in the beautiful surroundings of St Anne’s Park Raheny, we came together for our Annual Remember Me Walk.

With the sun shining down, we were joined by walkers of all ages, and a few canine friends too. It was a lovely opportunity to remember, and reminisce about, our loved ones gone but never forgotten.

Post walk, as we enjoyed our refreshments, Niall and Philip played the tunes that brought back fond memories, including some special requests and wonderful sing along tributes. Than you so much to all of you who registered and attended to help raise vital funds for End-of-Life-Care services at The Mater Public Hospital. You can learn more about this hugely important service here.

Still looking to Donate?

If you still wish to donate you can do so by following this link: Remember Me Walk 2022

Looking forward to meeting up again next year to fondly remember.

Join our dynamic and dedicated team and become an important staff member who takes pride in making a life-changing difference in the lives of patients and their families who attend the Mater Hospital!


There has never been a more exciting time to join the Mater Foundation as we have just completed a comprehensive strategic review. The organisation now has a 5-year roadmap to harness our success and implement this ambitious strategy for greater impact to support the hospital in the best possible way, whether that’s through patient support, vital research, medical equipment or redevelopment. Being embedded in the hospital highlights our cause, and we see first-hand the impact our work has.

Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, this role is a key role within the fundraising function and will be responsible for leading out on the organisation’s existing campaigns and events, whilst developing and implementing new and innovative fundraising campaigns and events in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Manager. The successful candidate will also work closely with the National Campaigns Executive, the Marketing and Communications Officer and the wider fundraising and operations teams to ensure all campaign messaging and marketing collateral is unified and on brand.

Interested? For more information on this role click here.

To apply, please send a cover letter (maximum one page) outlining how your experience fits the role and an up-to-date CV to Please insert Campaigns and Events Lead in the subject line.

Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Closing Date for Submissions: Friday 25th November 2022

We are incredibly proud to officially launch our 2020 Impact Report and to invite you to read through our achievements during A Year Like No Other.

2020 was a year of uncertainty for all of us, and the Mater Foundation had to quickly adapt to ensure that we could meet our Mission to ensure that The Mater Hospital is at the forefront of research and innovation and is a leader for healthcare in Ireland, even in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.

With commitment from our incredible supporters as well as our very dedicated staff, we were able to fund and deliver a number of projects that continue to make a life-saving difference to patients of the Mater Public Hospital.

Our 2020 Impact Report also features a number of patient stories which give a real insight into the impact that your donations make to our patients and their families.

We cannot begin to thank our supporters enough for their kindness and generosity in 2020. Their support has meant that the Mater Foundation has been able to provide the healthcare heroes of the Mater Public Hospital with the vital grants and equipment they need to provide world class care.

On Saturday the 6th of November, an incredible 500 brave men took to the icy cold waters of Skerries South Beach in nothing but a bow tie to raise vital funds to help diagnose cancer, and in particular, prostate cancer.
Those 500 men have made an invaluable difference to the lives of many across the country and we are beyond delighted to announce that they have collectively raised an astonishing €136,668.29.

Everyone at the Mater Foundation and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital are still in absolute awe of each and every one of these men and their commitment to advancing cancer care in Ireland. We cannot begin to thank them enough.

These funds will make a lifesaving difference for many and will allow for:

– Earlier identification of recurrent prostate cancer.
– Reduced scanning times, a typical scan will now take 10 minutes as opposed to 20 minutes currently.
– Improved access to all forms of cancer trials.
– Increased efficiencies leading to approximately 300 more patients per year accessing advanced F18 PSMA cancer imaging.

Approximately 1 in 7 men in Ireland will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and the funds raised by this event will enable staff at the Mater Public Hospital to identify the cancer in the first instance as well as recurring cases earlier than ever.

A heartfelt thank you also goes out to all of our donors and supporters of the event, including the Dickie Dip Committee, Fingal County Council and the whole community of Skerries who were incredibly accommodating and welcoming.

Today marks the beginning of Trustees Week 2021, a whole week dedicated to celebrating the invaluable work of Trustees in the Charity Sector. 

The Mater Foundation Trustees have played a key role in the running of our organisation and without their expert knowledge and guidance, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve our incredible successes of the past year.

Their support and commitment to our vision has allowed The Mater Foundation to maintain clear focus on our short and long-term goals with all the necessary resources as well as ensuring that we can continue to meet our Mission to harness our supporters’ kindness and generosity and work together with our partners to continuously transform and improve patient care at The Mater Hospital.

We are also proud to say that with the input from our Trustees, that the Mater Foundation has again achieved Triple Locked status with the @CharitiesInstituteIreland which highlights our commitment to transparent reporting, good fundraising and governance.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to each of our Trustees for all that they have done for us and all that they continue to do from all of us at The Mater Foundation.

To find out more about the role of Trustees or to take part in Trustees Week 2021, click here.

The Autumn 2021 edition of our supporter newsletter, Heart of the Mater, is now available to read online.

Flip through the pages below to find out all about the impact our supporters are making to patient care in the Mater Public Hospital including:

  • how the Breast Cancer Unit refurbishment is progressing – patient Anne Marie is overwhelmed by your support!
  • cardiac patient Patrick Barry, whose life was saved not once but twice at The Mater!
  •  the Acute Medical Short Stay Unit which is transforming the emergency care experience for older patients and those with dementia.