Twenty-six Irish charities including Cork ARC Cancer Support House have received donations worth €115,000 from The Hospital Saturday Fund.
Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) held a special reception hosted by University College Cork in the Aula Maxima on Monday 20 November 2017 in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cork and with special guest Dick Spring in attendance, to make presentations to twenty-six worthy causes in the Munster region.
Among the beneficiaries was Cork University Foundation, which received a donation towards supporting technological advancements University College Cork in the treatment of oesophageal cancer. Cork Life Centre received a grant towards their project to make the centre a safer and more open space to talk about mental health. Cork Counselling Services’s grant will be used to continue to provide counselling and psychotherapy to all members of society.
Cork ARC Cancer Support House received a grant in order to enable us to provide breast cancer support group programmes. These programmes are for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis and who have completed treatment. They are facilitated to create a safe space where people who are finished their cancer treatment can share experiences.
Irish Dogs for the Disabled will use their grant to provide training for child partnerships to allow children the gift of walking. A grant was made to Rebel Wheelers Multi Sports Group to provide sports chairs for their junior basketball team and the Diabetes Ireland donation will be used to provide support for the National Diabetes Cup for children with type 1 diabetes.
Cork Association for Autism will be using their grant towards providing a ground floor bedroom in their respite facility and Marymount University Hospital and Hospice will use their donation to support their palliative care programme.
Speaking at the reception, Dick Spring celebrated the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund. Mr Spring was attending the event as Patron of Recovery Haven Cancer Support House, and the donation from HSF to Recovery Haven will support their continued provision of free cancer support services to patients.
In 2017 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €1.2 million in donations and grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across Ireland and the UK. Assistance will also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties.