Dress up/down to raise funds for hos­pi­tal beds

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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