IT was a great day at St James’s Hospital in Dublin where nurses were delighted to welcome back former patient Mark Dromgoole.
Mark is from Dromiskin and he came along with his friends to present a cheque for €8,000 to the hospital.
The funds had been raised through a sponsored ‘shave night’ held at Cluskey’s Pub at Duffy’s Cross late last year.
The group, who called themselves ‘The Bairey Hiker Team’ had spent the month of November growing head and facial hair in time for the shave night.
They gave their donation to the hospital’s cancer service.
The Bairey Hiker team comprised 18 members of St Joseph’s GAA Club Dromiskin, plus three more friends.
Mark was accompanied to the hospital by his brother Paul Dromgoole and friend Jason Hoey.
They were welcomed at the hospital by Mark’s former palliative care nurse Ms Catriona Corcoran and by Ms Karen Boyle, Nurse Manager of the hospital’s Walter Stevenson Ward.
Ms Boyle said they were deeply grateful to receive these additional funds.
“We use these donated funds for those extra things we could never buy from the current hospital expenditure,” she said.
“Those things that are nice to have for patients but not absolutely necessary.”
She said what they really needed for all patients now is electric beds. She added that the positive feedback meant a lot.
“We don’t expect to hear from patients, but when we do it really feels good.
“All the staff will be so pleased by this gift.”
St. James’s is the largest single provider of cancer treatment in Ireland.
It the largest national centre of radiotherapy service. A major new government funded Cancer Care Centre and Radiation Oncology Centre has now been equipped at the site and a facility for PET imaging for advanced patient diagnosis has been installed.
It is the first such facility within a public hospital in Ireland.
St. James’s Hospital is a teaching hospital of Trinity College Dublin.
St. James’s Hospital Foundation processes donations for the hospital and fundraises – to enhance the facilities, education and environment for leading edge research and innovation, which will translate into world-class care for all patients of St. James’s Hospital.
The Foundation is established as a separate limited company and has Charity Number 7269.