St. Therese?s Oncology Ward has undergone a major upgrade thanks to a commitment from the Mercy Hospital Foundation to contribute ?55,000 towards the purchase of clinical and patient equipment; an upgrade of the facilities; with a further ?6,000 set aside for a Patient Assistance Programme and towards supporting professional development of the oncology nursing team.
?23,000 of the total upgrade fund was raised by 19 yr old Shannen Bulman Joyce from Youghal, along with her family and friends; with the remainder funded by donations from the general public. Following the diagnosis in July 2014 for Non-Hodgkin?s Lymphoma, Shannen was successfully treated at The Mercy.
Shannen said ?The support, care and understanding that I received from the staff at The Mercy, on what was the toughest journey of my life, was phenomenal. I was looked after so well in St. Therese?s Ward, but it wasn?t just me they looked after, they also helped my family through it. The staff always made me as comfortable as possible, but there?s always a way to make things better and that?s why we decided to undertake a big fundraising campaign for the upgrade of the ward.?
Funds raised through Shannen?s campaign have been used to purchase ten new recliner chairs for the day ward in St. Therese?s, as well as new seating for the waiting room. The recliners will allow patients to readjust themselves into a more restful position during treatment, where some have to sit for up to six hours at a time. Other equipment purchased for the ward includes triple pumps for safe and controlled chemotherapy sessions. ?8,500 went towards repainting the entire ward which consists of a five day, eight bedded unit and the day ward which is home to the new recliners.
The upgrade was complete just in time for Christmas, and ?600 was spent on Christmas decorations, which will hopefully brighten patients? days through what can be a dark time in their lives. Remaining monies will be available for a Patient Assistance Programme which offers financial aid to patients if required during treatment; and will also support professional development of the oncology nursing team.
Shannen?s dad, Ken Bulman said ?The community in Youghal showed tremendous support for our fundraising endeavours for The Mercy ? Youghal Camogie Club, Shannen?s old school, Pobalscoil na Tr?on?ide, and Aura Leisure Centre are just some of those who joined us in raising the funds which will make a big difference; and we would like to thank them and everyone who supported us.?
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