Dress up/down to raise funds for hospital beds
A charity is looking for companies, schools, and individuals to help raise funds for new beds for critically ill hospital patients.
The appeal is coming from the Mercy Hospital Foundation, which wants to raise money from myriad events which will take place on Friday, October 13.
The charity is asking people to undertake a dress up/ dress down day at work or school, a coffee morning at home or at their local club, or help out with Mercy street collections around the county.
To host your own Mercy Heroes event or fundraiser, simply register at mercyfundraising.ie and you will receive a free Mercy Heroes Pack full of information and ideas.
The new so-called profiling beds cost €1,500 each.
Karen Fitzgerald, a nurse who specialises in strokes at the hospital, said the beds will make a real difference for patients and the first to receive them will be those in the observation area.
“These are patients who require additional monitoring and nursing care post-surgery or who are acutely medically unwell,” she said.
Ms Fitzgerald said the new beds will ensure the hospital can make stroke patients’ stay as comfortable and easy as possible for them in what can be a distressing time.
“Unlike standard beds, the bases of these electric profiling beds are sectioned so the mattress can be profiled to achieve various positions. The height can also be adjusted, and patients are also able to reposition themselves more independently which is beneficial for them and helps with a quicker recovery,” she said.
Micheál Sheridan, chief executive of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, said people who helped donate to their fundraising efforts were helping them achieve the best research, diagnosis, treatment, and care to patients every day.
If people want to learn more about the event they can contact Deirdre on 021 4223135.