Pedigree Charolais raffle raises €18,000 for Crumlin children's hospital heart unit
The generosity of a well-known Westmeath pedigree Charolais breeder has raised almost €18,000 for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.
Jim and Catherine Geoghegan donated a pedigree Charolais heifer, Lisnagree Libby, for a raffle, and some of the proceeds will be used to purchase a blood gas machine for the hospital's heart centre - the first machine of its kind on the ward.
The balance of the cheque will go towards the provision of complementary therapy on the ward.
The heifer was donated by the Geoghegans in remembrance of their first-born grandson, Conor Greene, who was treated at the hospital after his birth last year before losing his battle for life.
"It was something that we wanted to do for the hospital and we are thrilled that it was so successful, because they tried so hard to save Conor," said the Geoghegans. "We were overwhelmed with how well the raffle went.
"We would like to thank the Charolais Society for allowing the event to take place at the National Ploughing Championships at Tullamore last September, and thank everyone who went out of their way to support the event.
"We are so proud and thankful to everyone involved," they added, as they presented the proceeds to the hospital staff last week.