Cardiac group to mark a decade of support to the people of North Cork
The Cardiac Support Group North Cork (CSGNC) will mark the 10th anniversary of its formation with a celebration at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow on the afternoon of Friday, April 20.
The group was formed in 2008 by people who had experienced cardiac problems with the help and encouragement of Mairead Lehane, a cardiac nurse specialist at the Mallow General Hospital.
Spokesman Paddy Lane said that as no such group existed at the time, its founders felt it was important that people were provided with a mechanism through which cardiac patients and their relatives could seek support and advice.
"Over the intervening years we have become a well-recognised name within the region, holding eight events each year covering a wide variety of issues such as fitness, diet, medications, first-aid, and new health awareness trends," said Mr Lane.
"We have also been very fortunate have had a number of leading cardiologists grace us with their presence and wisdom over the years. While the majority of the presentations have been in Mallow, we have visited Mitchelstown, and Fermoy also, and intend to bring presentations to other venues in the region," he added.
Mr Lane said unexpected interruption to the health of an individual through a cardiac event can be daunting, leading to a major knock in their self-confidence.
"This is where the support group plays a vitally important role. Through the continued contact with Mairead Lehane at Mallow Hospital, new patients are introduced to the cardiac support group many of whom choose to become members and have enjoyed the 'family-like' support offered to them," said Mr Lane.
"The group is funded by the generosity of the public through church-gate collections, with surplus funds used to buy equipment for cardiac support in Mallow General Hospital and at the CUH. This adds additional value to the work done by this wonderful group."
The April 20 celebration, which will run from 3pm to 6pm, will include an exhibition on health awareness, representatives from a number of bodies offering health and living advice, and a keynote speech by Dr Marie O'Flynn, a consultant cardiologist at Mallow General Hospital.
While admission to the event will be free, the day will conclude with entertainment and a meal costing €30.
For more information about the group contact 086 890 0886.