Become a ‘Friend of the Mercy’ for Just 33 Cents a Day and Save Lives

Become a ‘Friend of the Mercy’ for Just 33 Cents a Day and Save Lives

The Mercy University Hospital Foundation is inviting you to become a ‘Friend of The Mercy’  its annual Door-to-Door Campaign is now underway and will continue to visit various locations throughout the city and county this month.

The campaign will see fully trained representatives from the Mercy Foundation visiting households throughout Cork in an effort to sign up new monthly donors, which will help raise vital funds for the Mercy University Hospital.

Julie Harris, Donor Development and Communications Manager at the Mercy University Hospital Foundation said “By signing up to become a ‘Friend of the Mercy’ in the coming weeks, every euro you donate goes a long way to changing lives and improving services for patients in the hospital. Through campaigns like this one, our mission is to support the hospital and its staff in delivering the highest quality of patient care by generating awareness and tirelessly raising funds, to support advancements and innovation in the treatment and care of patients at the Mercy Hospital, the People’s Hospital.”

Over 100,000 patients of all ages from all over Munster are treated at the Mercy University Hospital each year; and by agreeing to donate from as little as €10 per month, you can make a real difference in so many different ways.  For example, by becoming a ‘Friend of the Mercy’ you will help to fund an Ultrasound to support patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a disease of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), and bladder control problems occur in at least 80% of people living with the disease. The Mercy Hospital Urology Centre runs a weekly clinic and with an Ultrasound, doctors can carry out scans and use the results to decide on the best treatment plan for the patient so they can improve their quality of life.

On a completely different level, just 33 cents a day, less than your weekly takeaway coffee, can also help the Mercy Foundation provide a Patient Hardship Fund, which helps give dignity to those patients who attend the hospital who simply cannot afford basic items such as a toothbrush and night clothes.

Julie added “Although we’re in a recession and times are tough, the tireless work of our hospital staff doesn’t wane, so why should we? Regular monthly donations are incredibly important to the Mercy Foundation, because knowing how much funding we can expect each month helps us to plan our services with confidence and security. With funds raised through our 2012 Door-to-Door Campaign we promise to do our very best to provide you with a world class hospital, right on your door step, and this is only possible through the help of our generous supporters and donors.”

Mercy University Hospital Foundation representatives will be in your area in the coming weeks and you can rest assured that they will be easily recognisable, wearing Mercy Hospital bibs, carrying ID and a letter of authorisation from the Mercy University Hospital Foundation. For further information on the work of the Mercy Foundation, and Door-to-Door Campaign locations and dates visit www.mercyhospitalfoundation.ie.

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