Clogheen hospital charity calls time after 20 years

Pictured at the presentation of a cheque for �100,915.21 to St Theresas Hospital, Clogheen from the Friends of St Theresas Hospital  - the last cheque before the charity called time on its activities - are,  Seated, Chris Noonan, Pat Reidy, Anne Hally, Matron; and Sr Aine.  Back,  Marie Reidy, Larry McGrath, Theresa McCarthy, Sean Tobin, Mary OSullivan, Stephen Mason and Mary McGrath.
The Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen have terminated the charity and thus finalise 20 years of fundraising activity.

The Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen have terminated the charity and thus finalise 20 years of fundraising activity.

In that time the Friends raised hundreds of thousands of Euro for the facility.

And the last instalment of over €100,000 was handed over last week.

Over the past two decades, the voluntary group have been a focal point of the surrounding community, raising funds for the refurbishment and updating of the facilities in St. Theresa’s hospital.

The dedicated group of hard working people travelled afar selling tickets, doing church gate collections, attending table quizzes and hosting a total of 13 annual golf classics to mention a few of their fundraising efforts.

On the reason behind the termination of the Friends, Sr. Aine Power, one of the founders of the charity, said: “After 20 years of fundraising it’s very hard to start going again. I’m retired now and a good bit of the group are a little bit older than I am”.

The charity proved to be very beneficial to the patients in St. Theresa’s Hospital, receiving widespread support which enabled the committee to spend approximately €400,000 on an extension to the hospital which included a day room, an office, staff area and an oratory.

The hospice suite also provides care and comfort for patients and their families.

“The amount of support we received was unreal. There wasn’t a club, an organisation or an individual that refused to help,” Sr. Power notes.

On October 28th the existing monies of €100.915.21 was handed over to Mrs. Ann Hally, Director of Nursing, to be put towards continuing to provide comfort, care and wellbeing for St. Theresa’s patients.

“We as a charity may be terminating but people will continue to support [this very worthy cause].

“The hospital is being run excellently but I’m hopeful that a younger group will take the charity over [in time to come] and continue to provide additional support to St. Theresa’s,” she added.