Call­ing all heroes for all-out Mercy Hospi­tal fundraiser


The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HERLIHY

YOUR mis­sion, should any­one de­cide to ac­cept it, is to join com­pa­nies, schools and in­di­vid­u­als all over Cork and be­come a Mercy Hero in aid of the Mercy Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion.

This is a fundraiser de­signed to help the hospi­tal pur­chase vi­tal new pro­fil­ing beds for crit­i­cally ill pa­tients. On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13 the task will be set whereby the hospi­tal is invit­ing peo­ple of all ages and from all walks of life to join in the fun – whether it’s a dress up or dress down day, a cof­fee morn­ing or what ever a lo­cal club can do to help out the Mercy street col­lec­tions around the county.

How­ever, to host any event it is vi­tal that all peo­ple and groups reg­is­ter first and they will then re­ceive a free Mercy Heroes pack, full of in­for­ma­tion and ideas.

New pro­fil­ing beds cost €1,500 each and, as stroke nurse Karen Fitzger­ald of the Mercy Hospi­tal noted, th­ese beds make a real dif­fer­ence to their pa­tients.

“Pro­fil­ing beds make a real dif­fer­ence and the first to re­ceive them will be those in ob­ser­va­tion beds. Th­ese are pa­tients who re­quire ad­di­tional mon­i­tor­ing and nurs­ing care post-surgery or who are acutely med­i­cally un­well,” she said.

She ex­plained that the bases of pro­fil­ing beds are sec­tioned so the mat­tress can be pro­filed to achieve var­i­ous po­si­tions and the height can also be ad­justed. Pa­tients are also able to re­po­si­tion them­selves more in­de­pen­dently which is ben­e­fi­cial to them and it also helps them to make a quicker re­cov­ery.

To host a Mercy Heroes event or fund raiser, sim­ply reg­is­ter at www.mer­cy­fundrais­

Photo by Dar­ragh Kane

Mercy pa­tient, Lena Al Kaabi from Car­rigt­wohill was joined by Una Di­neen, St Therese’s Ward, Mercy Univer­sity Hospi­tal and Fire­fight­ers John Malone, Ger Dreivers, John Casey and John Hef­fer­nan to launch the Mercy Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion’s ‘Mercy Heroes’...

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