St. Vincent’s was fortunate recently to be the beneficiaries of an unusual fundraiser.
We were delighted to receive a most generous donation of €4,000 from Prof. Gerald Dawe and Mr. John Behan. The donation was from profits raised from the sales of a book of poems, titled “Revenant”, which was a collaboration between Prof. Dawe, who wrote the poems and John Behan, Sculptor who provided the animations.
The wishes of the donors was that this gift be used for Oncology Nurse Education in St. Vincent’s Private Hospital.
We believe the current record holders for annual fundraisers are the Burke Family from Arklow. For 17 years, Eamonn & Mary have organised a troupe of brave swimmers to take to the water on St. Stephen’s Day. During that time, they have sometimes been blessed with really good weather conditions, sometimes the weather has been far from ideal, but nevertheless the event happened.
Over the years, Eamonn & Mary and their family and friends have raised €67,000 for the Liver Unit in St. Vincent’s. This generous support has made an enormous contribution to current and future patients of the unit and we are so grateful for this.
The swim on St. Stephen’s Day 2022 raised €4,025, which is truly fantastic.
Eamonn & Mary have always emphasised to us that the fundraising event can only happen because of the huge consistent support they receive each year. We want to particularly thank the Bridge Hotel for their catering each year for the participants and for the R.N.L.I. for ensuring the safety of all taking part.
Once again our sincere thanks and we look forward to next St. Stephen’s Day.
See photos below from the Charity Swim and the cheque presentation by Eamonn & Mary.
In a most challenging undertaking, members of the Quinn family from Ballybay, County Monaghan will be completing 5 marathons in 72 hours on St. Patrick’s weekend. Ailbhe Quinn’s words below capture this more than anything we could say:
This March Ailbhe, Bob and Eiméar will be running from Co. Monaghan to Westport, Co. Mayo (5 marathons – 210km) in 72 hours for two very special causes. Paddy’s weekend 2023 done differently!
We’re raising much-needed funds for Fowlers Syndrome and the Liver Unit, St. Vincent’s University Hospital. These are both amazing causes very close to our hearts, and all money raised will be split evenly between both charities.
Chronic illnesses can be largely invisible to others but living with constant pain, endless medical appointments and major surgeries are just day-to-day life for many people. These charities are doing fantastic work to ease this burden and need our continuing support.
There is a consensus among medical specialists that early detection is of primary importance in the outlook for patients with Pancreatic Cancer. As a consequence, St. Vincent’s University Hospital under the leadership of Prof. Kevin Conlon is prioritising research into early detection. We are delighted that the Grant Family are undertaking a series of fundraising activities to support this critical work. They do so from the most tragic of circumstances following the loss of their beloved husband, father and brother John R.I.P.
The fundraising is really brought to life in the words of the family expressed below:
“On the 28th of January 2022 our lives changed forever after John passed away from Pancreatic Cancer after being diagnosed only 8 days prior.
Please support St. Vincent’s Research Foundation by donating funds or taking part in our raffle extravaganza”.
Following the death of his beloved mother, Marian, Damien Redmond from Stepaside has been hugely supportive and helpful in St. Vincent’s. His first contribution was the creation of pouches for thew use of patients undergoing chemotherapy in the hospital. These have been universally popular.
In a further development, Damien is organising a 70km run in one day, on 15th April next. The run will be from the main door of St. Vincent’s University Hospital to his mum’s home in Arklow.
We couldn’t hope to surpass Damien’s own description of the motivation for this wonderful endeavour and his message is outlined below. We are really grateful to Damien and the extended family for this magnificent venture.
“On the 15th of October 2022 our lives changed forever when after a four year battle with 3 different types of cancer our Mam was robbed from us.
Our Mam was brave, strong, courageous and fought until her last breath to stay with us. No matter how hard the fight became, she never gave up. On her darkest days she always said “today I will be sad but tomorrow I’ll go again”. That’s exactly what she did, she defied all the odds, put on a smile and laughed her way through cancer, surrounded by her family and friends.
Unfortunately the end came suddenly for our Mam and we weren’t able to grant her wish to return home before she died. She passed peacefully in our arms in St Vincent’s Hospital. She never got the opportunity to complete her bucket list or make it home so we want to do it for her.
On April 15th 2023 we are going to Run Mam Home. We intend to run from St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin to our Mams home in Arklow, a distance of 70km.
We are doing this to honour our mam’s memory but also to earn much needed funds for patients & families on St Anne’s Ward in St Vincent’s Hospital.
We spent a large amount of time on St Anne’s ward and we will be forever thankful to Dr. Claire Andrews, Dr. Karen Murphy, Dr. Katie Livingstone, Dr. Stuart Mac Cluer, Dr. Janice Walsh, Dr. Ruth Pritchard, the nursing team of St. Anne’s ward, Mairead, Emma, Amy, Remya, Samu, Aine, Norma, Eileen, Anne Marie, Leo, Adele, Naomi, Remya, and St. Monica’s, the catering team, dieticians and all involved in mums care over the last 4 years. Their kindness and support kept us going and they fought just as hard as our Mam to keep her with us.
We understand that times are hard for everyone right now but if you could spare any amount at all, it would really make a difference to families on their cancer journeys. Cancer is a fierce disease and we would love to do something to make life a little easier for other families going through it.
You can follow our journey on Facebook & Instagram @mightymarian. Thank you for your kindness & support.”
The Country Club Bar & Lounge, Limerick organised a Christmas raffle on 23rd December last. As it coincided with the second anniversary of the sad death of Darren O’Shea, his brother Lloyd suggested that the proceeds would be donated to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in St. Vincent’s, where Darren was treated. The proprietors of the Country Club, Gary & Eileen Clancy readily agreed, for which we are very grateful.
The proceeds of the raffle came to an amazing €2,100 and is a most welcome contribution to our I.C.U. Eileen & Gary, we are deeply grateful to you, as we are to Darren’s extended family.
Pictured at the cheque presentation to John Hickey, St. Vincent’s Foundation are Eileen Clancy of the Country Club Bar & Lounge with Pauline O’Shea and grand-daughter Amelie. Also pictured are Pauline, Amelie and Maria McKevitt.
In December we advertised an exciting Christmas lights fundraising project being undertaken for the first time by Ciara Crangle and her friends and neighbours in Ballybrack. We are delighted now to report on an outstanding success in fundraising from this undertaking. Ciara raised the grand total of €2,280 for Colorectal Cancer patient care and research here in St. Vincent’s.
The pictures capture the spirit of the Christmas lights exhibition, which clearly was marvellous. Ciara presented the cheque for the money raised, together with her friend Sinead Cahill recently. On behalf of all our patients we express our sincere thanks for this wonderful activity and result.
Pictured on the left is Ciara Crangle presenting the proceeds to John Hickey, along with her friend Sinead Cahill
In addition to being one of the oldest companies in Ireland (founded 1810), Collen Construction are unrivalled in their contribution to the societies where they work. Corporate Social Responsibility is clearly a central value for the company and has been so long before it became a focus generally in business.
St. Vincent’s is fortunate to have been selected as a Charity Partner by Collen raising funds for St Anne’s/Cancer in the hospital. St. Anne’s was originally selected by Collen in memory of their much-loved colleague, the late Conor O’Carroll, who was treated in St. Vincent’s.
We cannot better describe this year’s event than to reproduce the words of Tommy Drumm, Managing Director of Collen Construction. We are indebted to all in Collen, particularly the Cycling Committee.
“Collen Construction held their annual Charity Cycle over the weekend of Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September 2022. A total of 140 participants made up of Collen employees, friends, family, charity partners, clients, subcontractors, and extended supply chain participated in the event, choosing their own route and cycling at their own pace. The event also had 30 main sponsors from Collen’s supply chain and brought together Collen’s project teams in Ireland, Germany and Sweden, with others participating in Abu Dhabi, UK, France, Hong Kong, Spain, South Africa and USA. A total of over 10,000km was cycled, with €80,000 raised for Collen’s 17 charity partners, which include St. Vincent’s Foundation.”
This year’s Charity Presentation took place in Collen Head Office, East Wall Road on Friday 16th December where Neil Collen, Chairman and Tommy Drumm, Managing Director presented John Hickey, C.E.O., St. Vincent’s Foundation with a cheque for €5,000 (see photo of cheque presentation)
Ciara would like to acknowledge the financial support given by Glasco Recycling; Southside Partnership; Igo Inn pub; Centra Ballybrack Village; Sinead Cahill, Slimming World Dun Laoghaire; Doran’s Pharmacy; Alan Conway Locksmith and Michael Donovan, Funeral Directors
We wish Ciara every success in this endeavour and we are grateful on behalf of our patients.