Friends of hospital raise €6M and vow to continue work


 March 21, 2017
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The Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital have vowed to continue their work following its recent AGM.

The outgoing chairman, Mr Peter Cutliffe addressed a well-attended meeting where he thanked all the members of the Friends for giving up their free time to devote to fundraising events for the hospital.

The Friends is in its 25th year and over that time has raised over €6 million which has kick-started many new service developments.

These include the introduction of CT & MRI scanning, bespoke transport for patients from Donegal to St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin for radiotherapy treatment, the introduction of Lithotripsy service in urology, the complete refurbishment of the Acute Mental Health Unit, the development of the Sensory Garden in the Acute Medical Rehabilitation Unit, the introduction of Dexa Scanning service the small grants scheme to wards and many more besides.

Mr Cutliffe referenced all of the people countywide who assist with church gate collections, bag-packing, ticket selling and other fundraising events and all those who donate unsolicited funds on an ongoing basis.

He thanked all the local businesses for their support in running fundraising events or sponsoring Friends-run events such as golf classics and draws. Also mentioned were all those who offer their services as volunteers in the hospital.

Mr Cathal Roarty, Auditor & Accountant attended the meeting and complimented the Directors for the due diligence applied in ensuring compliance with both Company Law and the Charity Regulator’s requirements.

The following officer board was elected for the coming year:

Chairman – Mr Peter Cutliffe
Vice Chair – Ms Cynthia Furey
Secretary – Mr Peter Byrne
Assistant Secretary – Ms Breid Browne
Treasurer – Ms Donna Henderson
Assistant Treasurer – Ms Eileen Bannan
PRO – Mr Patrick Rooney
Assistant PRO – Ms Eileen Bannan

Mr Cutliffe urged members of the public to get involved in supporting their local hospital and particularly supporting the Friends with their current projects, namely to continue to support the bus service for cancer sufferers who attend St Luke’s in Dublin, to raise €450,000 to purchase a second CT scanner for the hospital and to raise €750,000 to kit out an Interventional Unit in the Radiology Department.

Members of the general public who wish to contact the Friends in order to assist in some way can do so via the following phone number or e-mail address:

Phone: 074 9104466

Anyone who wishes to donate funds to the Friends on-line can do so via the following website:

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