Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

OVER 230 peo­ple en­joyed an evening of glitz and glam when they at­tended the sec­ond an­nual Hos­pi­tal Ball at Clay­ton White’s Ho­tel re­cently.

The event, which was re­vived last year to as­sist in rais­ing funds for an MRI Scan­ner for Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, has quickly be­come a pop­u­lar date on the county’s cal­en­dar of events, par­tic­u­larly amongst hos­pi­tal staff, many of whom used the event as an early Christ­mas get-to­gether.

Mu­sic was pro­vided by Wreck­ing Ball while Magic Mir­ror ran a very pop­u­lar photo booth out­side the func­tion room. The event was spon­sored by Wex­ford Co. Coun­cil with Pet­titts spon­sor­ing the pros­ecco re­cep­tion.

Or­gan­iser Brian McGrath said they were de­lighted with the turnout, say­ing the ball had been a great suc­cess since its revival, such to the ex­tent that next year’s event is al­ready booked! There were door prizes and spot prizes through­out the night.

Three speak­ers ad­dressed the crowd at the event: Lily Byrnes, WGH Gen­eral Man­ager; Dr. Michael Rior­dan; and Edel Fitz­mau­rice on be­half of the Friends of Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Friends of Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Chair­man Ciaran Sheri­dan said that, so far, ap­prox­i­mately €150,000 had been raised with €100,000 to go. Fundrais­ing be­gan for the MRI Scan­ner just over a year ago.

He pointed out that the Friends of Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal had started ten years ago when cam­paign­ing for a CT Scan­ner that the hos­pi­tal now has. He added that any­one who needed an MRI at the mo­ment had to go to Dublin which was fine if the per­son was healthy but not ideal if the per­son was un­well.

‘The sup­port has been fan­tas­tic. Lots of peo­ple are do­ing lots of things to raise money. We have big events like the balls, or the Hope and Dream 10, but also smaller events such as a Tran­si­tion Year stu­dent who or­gan­ised an eques­trian event. All of these events make a dif­fer­ence.’

Day Care Unit and En­doscopy Unit staff at the Wex­ford Hos­pi­tal Black Tie Ball.

Breda Cleere, Castle­bridge; Geral­dine McAuliffe, Glynn; Mon­ica Iellem, Wex­ford; Gina De Claro, Wex­ford; Nina Ablog, Wex­ford and Jan­ice Stephen­son, Gorey.

Edel O’Gor­man, Tagh­mon; Mairead Ryan, Mon­ageer; Breda Banville, Cam­ross; Mar­garet Comer, Pierces­town; Deirdre Dunne, Pierces­town and Re­becca Pierce, Kil­more.

Frances O’Con­nor, Cross­abeg and Anne Cun­ning­ham from Cleariestown.

Mary Nolan, Eder­mine and Liz Day, Kil­more.

Lisa Ma­hon, En­nis­cor­thy and Mar­garet Comer, Pierces­town at the Hos­pi­tal Black Tie Ball in Clay­ton Whites Ho­tel.

Jenny Bates, Pierces­town; Orla Fahy, Ross­lare Strand; Avril Kier­nan, Wex­ford and Emer Ward, Wex­ford.

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