In November, the Hospital Saturday Fund hosted its first charity reception since the pandemic. We invited 25 Irish Charities to receive their grants in the presence of the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Damian Boylan.
Among the beneficiaries at the reception was Diabetes Ireland, who received a grant towards the purchase of medical equipment. Marymount University Hospital & Hospice will put the grant towards occupational therapy equipment. Our Lady of Good Counsel School will buy interactive whiteboards, Rainbow Club Cork’s grant will be used for the soft play area for a young and complex needs room and Down Syndrome Cork will provide fully inclusive music classes.
A medical elective grant was made to the University College Cork towards the undergraduate medical electives at the School of Medicine. Speaking at the event, Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Damian Boylan paid tribute to all the charities.
Paul Jackson, Group Chief Executive of the Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many wide-ranging charities in Ireland, many of which are smaller and sometimes struggle for funding. We’re honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do. I am very proud that over the last 12 months HSF has given a total of €2.3 million to 570 charities. In fact, we have donated over €122,000 to some very deserving Munster charities. In response to the Ukraine crisis we have made a donation of €25,000 to support the health and wellbeing of Ukrainian refugees coming to Ireland.”
The reception also celebrated HSF health plan, a type of medical insurance product, and 70 years of assisting people in need in Ireland. Mr Jackson commented, “It is reassuring to know that since 1949 we have been helping families and individuals in Ireland with the cost of their everyday medical costs. With all profits going to our parent charity, The Hospital Saturday Fund is able to make donations to medical charities, hospitals and hospices, everyone who takes out a policy with us is really helping to make a difference to their local community”.
In 2023, the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €2.5 million in donations and grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across Ireland, the UK, and Malta. Assistance will also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties – and we look forward to awarding many more grants next year.