HSE staff in the Finance Department at St. Mary’s Hospital in Castlebar have raised a total of €7,500 from fundraising activities for five Mayo-based organisations. The local groups, who each benefit from a donation of €1,500, are the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre; The Family Centre, Castlebar; Hope House, Foxford; IHCPT, Mayo Branch; and the Mayo Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The six HSE staff members raised most of the money through participating in the Women’s Mini Marathon, which was held inDublinon a very hot Bank Holiday Monday in early June. Other fund-raising activities included a quiz in Rocky’s and through church gate collections.
Noreen Heston, who is based in the HSE’s Finance Department in St. Mary’s, says: We are delighted to have raised so much money for local organisations through our fund-raising activities, and hope that the donations to these Mayo-based groups will help them to continue their very valuable work within the community.
The HSE staff members who took part in the marathon are Paula O’Brien, Edel Cunningham, Marie Finnerty, Therese Gibbons, Karen Isaac, Regina Rogan and Noreen Heston.Representatives from the Mayo-based organizations received their donation cheques at the new Memorial for former patients and staff of St. Mary’s Hospital, which is situated near the main entrance to the hospital.
The Mayo Rape Crisis Centre offers information, support and counseling to any woman over the age of 16 who has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in her life. This includes rape, sexual assault, incest and sexual abuse in childhood. The Rape Crisis Centre is based in a central location in Castlebar, and contact can be made with the centre by ringing the helpline number on 1800 – 234 – 900.
Among the services offered by the Family Centre, Castlebar, are counselling, bereavement support, family mediation and legal advice. In addition to these services, the Family Centre offers a range of educational and training courses in personal development, family/parenting, bereavement/loss and faith/spirituality. The Family Centre is based at Chapel Street, Castlebar, and can be contacted on 094 – 9025900.
Hope House, which is based in Foxford, is an organisation dedicated to helping people recover from alcoholism and other addictions. The services at Hope House include residential and continuing care for adults, along with support programmes for families affected by alcoholism and other dependencies. Hope House can be contacted at 094 9256888.
Each Easter, IHCPT Castlebar is involved in bringing over four hundred young people with special needs, accompanied by five hundred adult carers, on a special pilgrimage to Lourdes. The pilgrimage is designed especially for the young people who participate fully in a varied spiritual and social programme. Highlights of the week include the International Trust Mass, where the Irish group is joined by five thousand other pilgrims from the UK, USA, Slovakia, Romaniaand the West Indiesin a celebration of music and song.
The Mayo Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in the year 2000 and, after a two year probationary period, was officially affiliated to the ISPCA in 2002. The Society is a charitable animal welfare organisation, which is run wholly by volunteers. Most of the funds to run the Society are raised by volunteers on flag days and other fundraising events. The Society operates in all parts of the county, dealing with cruelty, abuse and neglect of all animals.