New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

THE goal of Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal hav­ing its very own MRI ma­chine took a ma­jor step closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity af­ter a black tie ball at The River­side Park Ho­tel man­aged to raise in ex­cess of €30,000.

The MRI Now Char­ity Ball was or­gan­ised by Colm Neville of The River­side Park Ho­tel along with Friends of Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal with the aim of mak­ing a dent in the €250,000 tar­get which has been set for the pur­chase of a vi­tal MRI Scan­ner to im­prove pa­tient care at the hos­pi­tal.

The event was hugely suc­cess­ful in that goal, with full ticket prices and all pro­ceeds, in­clud­ing a raf­fle, go­ing to­wards the cause, all ban­quet­ing costs be­ing born by Mr Neville and the ho­tel.

There was plenty of glitz and glam­our and the ca­pac­ity crowd re­ceived the red car­pet treat­ment as they ar­rived at the ho­tel in their fin­ery for an evening of fun. The ball was spon­sored by the River­side Park Ho­tel, Bank of Ire­land, Pal­las Foods and En­nis­cor­thy & Dis­trict Cham­ber. Nu­mer­ous other busi­nesses also con­trib­uted to the night in the form of prizes and do­na­tions.

Chair­per­son of Friends of Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Ciaran Sheri­dan was blown away by the sup­port the event re­ceived. Speak­ing on the night, he said: ‘ The gen­eros­ity of ev­ery­body has been as­ton­ish­ing. I find it im­pos­si­ble to find words to ex­press my grat­i­tude. This evening’s event will as­sist greatly in fundrais­ing for an MRI Scan­ner. To ev­ery­body who helped or­gan­ise, all the spon­sors, the donors and to all the staff here at the ho­tel thank you for your kind­ness and for your sup­port. A special thanks to the Bank of Ire­land staff in all 7 branches across Co Wex­ford who held a cof­fee morn­ing which raised over €3,500 in aid of the MRI Now ap­peal.’

On the night, Mr Sheri­dan was de­lighted to wel­come Dr Ai­dan Buck­ley, Con­sul­tant Car­di­ol­o­gist at Wex­ford Gen­eral and Lily Barnes, Gen­eral Man­ager of the Hos­pi­tal who were also de­lighted to see such great sup­port. Dr Buck­ley spoke of the ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity of hav­ing an MRI ma­chine, a re­source which he said ev­ery ma­jor hos­pi­tal should now have on site.

Mr Sheri­dan hoped that the fundrais­ing will con­tinue its mo­men­tum and that the vi­tal equip­ment will be found in Wex­ford Gen­eral be­fore long.

‘A spon­sored run, a cof­fee morn­ing or any event that will raise valu­able funds, big or small, will go a long way to help­ing us hit our goal and se­cure an MRI for Wex­ford,’ he said.

‘Please spread the word and help us make a dif­fer­ence. Tonight has been a phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess. Thank you to ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted in any way.’

Colm Neville, River­side Park Ho­tel; John Hack­ett, Bank of Ire­land; Ciaran Sheri­dan, Chair­man, Friends of Wex­ford Hos­pi­tal; Tony O’Leary, Bank of Ire­land and Niall Reck, Friends of Wex­ford Hos­pi­tal; pre­sent­ing a cheque on be­half of the staff of the seven branches of Bank of Ire­land in Wex­ford. Julie Hes­lin, John Burke-O’Leary, Mar­garet Flood and Ann Wall.

Moira For­tune, Patricia Carr, Claire Mur­phy, Theresa Neville and An­gela Mason at the Black Tie Ball at the River­side Park Ho­tel, in aid of MRI Scan­ner at Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Yas­min O’Lough­lin, Fiona Red­mond, Sinead Kin­sella, Leonie Grant and Mary O’Leary.

Mark and Mary O’Far­rell and El­lie and John Dempsey.

Me­abh Cooney, Carmel Neville and Orla Martin.

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