On 18th February twenty-four Irish charities received donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund at a special reception hosted in Dublin recently. In total, €106,500 was donated to the medical charities and organisations at the event, which was hosted by Ardmhéara/Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
Among the beneficiaries was Trinity College Dublin which received a donation to help support vital training by funding student Medical Electives. Barnardos Ireland received a grant towards their special needs service and Children with Tumours Ireland’s grant will be used for a genetic counsellor in the Neurofibromatosis Clinic in Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin. Also receiving grants were The Coeliac Society of Ireland to enable them to advance their information and support work to coeliacs and medical professionals, and also the Alzheimer Association of Ireland will use their grant to fund training on Medicines Management. A grant was made to LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice to support their important work.
Speaking at the reception, The Lord Mayor celebrated the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund. The Lord Mayor, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who nominated Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross as her chosen charity, remarked that “this donation means that the Hospice now has the benefit of a special rise recline chair which will provide comfort and support and benefit both patients and staff”.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive, Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many charities in Ireland, many of which are less well-known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do.”
In 2016 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €1,200,000 in donations and grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Assistance will also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties