Friday evening, Ciamha Foley together with her friends, family and fellow UCD students hosted a fabulous fundraising evening ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in The Red Cow Hotel in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin.
I was proud to be invited along to share in the evening and most importantly, to thank each and every dancer and supporter in the room for their fundraising efforts. From the moment I walked in the hotel, I knew that it was going to be a special event, the great energy and goodwill in the room was tangible. The dancers were all superb, so much effort had gone in to ensure an enjoyable night was had by all.
Money raised on the night went to the follow wards in Crumlin Hospital:
St John’s Cancer Ward, this ward is now open to all cancer patients from all parts of Ireland, the New Bone Marrow Unit is to open in that unit in the next few weeks that will then mean that this unit fully open and up and running as you know our plan was to give each little patient’s from around 1 year old to 17 years attending their own private ward with full private bathroom and a proper bed for one of their parents to stay with them, the cost of this was €4m and we are still raising funds for this project and as you know we now house 19 patients in their own private wards all due to people from the community across Ireland supporting Crumlin hospital, this would not happen without all their support So thank you from all our little patients their families and all our Medical Staff.
Cardiac Ward, Heart Children Ireland, this ward has replaced the old Cardiac wards called St Brigids and St Theresa’s with its new name Heart Children Ireland, very similar to above cost €4m and we are still fundraising for this new unit, which is now fully open and up and running with 26 private wards (each patient has their own private ward) and we also have two rooftop playgrounds for the children in the summer to go out to play supervised of course, and needless to say a bed for the parent to stay with their child, Most of the patients that are housed in this ward are under 1 year old some just new born and when they arrive to Crumlin they are very often accompanied by their mother who has just given birth to them. So having private rooms with a bed for the mother is something that they would not have got before in Crumlin again thanks to all the people across Ireland for their support.