Twenty-six Irish charities received donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) at a special reception hosted at University College Cork on Monday 20 November 2017. In total, €115,000 was donated to the charities at the event, which was hosted by UCC in the Aula Maxima in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cork and with special guest Dick Spring in attendance.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive, Hospital Saturday Fund; Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald; Padraig Mallon, CEO, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind; Dick Spring, Recovery Haven Cancer Support House (guest speaker).
Padraig Receives Donation from Dick Spring, Mayor of Cork Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald and CEO of the HSF Paul Jackson

Chief Executive Padraig represented us on the night, receiving €4,000 to help with our Breeding Programme.

Speaking at the reception, Dick Spring celebrated the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund. Mr Spring was attending the event as Patron of Recovery Haven Cancer Support House, and the donation from HSF to Recovery Haven will support their continued provision of free cancer support services to patients.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of the Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many wide-ranging charities in Munster, many of which are less well-known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do in making such a huge and positive difference to people’s lives.”

Cal Healy, Secretary of Cork University Foundation said: “UCC, is delighted to have the opportunity to host the Hospital Saturday Fund for this very special event. The University, like many other Charities in the region has a long standing relationship with the Hospital Saturday Fund and is extremely grateful for its hugely enabling support”.

In 2017 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €1.2 million in donations and grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across Ireland and the UK. Assistance will also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties.