Building the future on the success of the past
The Mercy Foundation was formed just over 10 years ago, and in its 10 years of fundraising, has made a transformative contribution to the Hospital.
In 2018 alone, over €740,000 funding was made available to current and future patient centred projects at The Mercy. This included funding for facilities, support services and equipment as well as medical research programmes. 100% of the funds were raised through the generosity of the public, and through partnerships, grants and legacies.
Here are some of the ways you helped in 2018:
Endoscopic Ultrasound Service (EUS)
As a result of your support, between 2016 & 2018 there has been an increase of 24% in the numbers of patients undergoing EUS procedures and a 100% reduction in the number of cancelled procedures, from 70 in 2016 to no cancellations in 2018. This meant that more urgent cases for patients with cancer or suspected cancer we seen within the recommended four-week timeframe.
Dementia & Care of Older Patient
We continued to support the Cork IDEAS Project, a cross-city Dementia Project and released funding of €45,639 to meet the needs of that service and its funder GENIO.
Kids & Teens
In 2018, we granted €15,000 towards our Paediatric and Teens and Young People Assistance Programme and we also enabled the granting of wishes to chronically ill children attending MUH with a donation €10,000 to our partners, Make A Wish Foundation.
Adult Oncology Patient Assistance Programme
Through our Adult Oncology Patient Assistance Programme, we allocated €13,000 in funding to support cancer patients experiencing short term financial difficulties as a result of their cancer diagnosis.
Patient Assistance Funds
In 2018 our various Patient Assistance Funds provided funding of €30,000 through the Social Work Department. These funds provide support to patients experiencing financial and personal difficulties as a result of a cancer diagnosis or perhaps a chronic illness in their family.