South Kerry family close in on €100k mark for CUH

Brendan McCarthy

Published 13/03/2013 | 05:36

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The Garvey family, Foilmore, presented €9,505 to Cork University Hospital on Tuesday, March 5, following the annual dance held at the Ring of Kerry Hotel in Cahersiveen on January 6. Included (from left) are: Maureen Garvey, Gloria Newman, Dr Brian Sweeney, Consultant Neurologist, CUH, Claire O’Shea, Eileen O’Riordan, Clinical Nurse Manager, CUH, John Garvey and Damian McGovern, Business Manager CUH.

A FOILMORE family's extraordinary commitment to fundraising has seen them donate almost €97,000 to Cork University Hospital (CUH) over the last decade.

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Last week, John Garvey presented his family's latest donation, this time for €9,505, to representatives from the Cork Hospital. The money will be divided between CUH's Cancer, Neurology and Cystic Fibrosis services.

Each year, for the past 10 years, John and his family, in gratitude to the hospital for the treatment and care of two family members, have hosted an annual dance in the Ring of Kerry Hotel in Cahersiveen.

The family, with help from their friends, and the generosity of the hotel's proprietors, organise the event and travel the length and breadth of the county selling tickets. The latest successful dance was held on January 6 last with music on the night by Peter Lane and Blackwater Sound.

Damian McGovern, CUH Business Manager, has praised John and his family for their fund-raising efforts which are invaluable to the hospital.

"This money will be used to enhance patient care in each of these services. The funding raised for the cancer service will be used to upgrade ward facilities for the treatment of acute leukaemia, multiple myeloma and other cancers. This will make the living conditions on the ward much better for patients that need to be isolated for extended periods due to the reduction in their immunity following extensive chemotherapy," Damian explained.

At the presentation it was acknowledged that the annual dance has raised almost €97,000 for Cork University Hospital over the last ten years.

Damina McGovern also thanked the O'Sullivan family for providing the venue at the Ring of Kerry Hotel free of charge once again as well as the Peter Lane and Blackwater Sound for providing the music on the night, making the annual dance a huge success once again.


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