What We Do

The main objective of the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund is “the relief of poverty by giving financial assistance to persons in need who are or have been engaged in or associated with the pharmaceutical profession and to the spouses, widows, widowers, children and other dependents of such persons who themselves are in need”. Assistance may also be provided “to any other individuals in Ireland who may be considered to be in need of financial assistance”. Currently all those we look after, if not pharmacists themselves, have a personal link with pharmacy.

We support individuals and families in many ways such as:

  • Providing regular monthly grants.
  • Giving extra financial assistance at certain times of the year like Christmas or help with large bills, for example, heating, medical expenses and house repairs.
  • Helping individuals to avail of their full social welfare entitlements.
  • Assisting with arrangements for home help, nursing homes and organising financial affairs.
  • Referring people to specialist services if needed.
  • Offering the hand of friendship to those who are lonely and need more than financial help.

The support provided to each individual is tailored to their needs by a Case Committee made up of a number of volunteer pharmacists. Our part-time social worker is the face of the Benevolent Fund and deals with each person on a one-to-one basis, offering whatever help and support that they need.