One Of Cork's Greatest Fundraising Charities
The Club & Community Award presentation to “The Friends” voluntary group at St. Patrick’s Hospital & Marymount Hospice took place at St. Finbarrs G.A.A. Function Hall on Saturday 6 th October 2012.
The award was presented to M.S Regina Donnelly in recognition of her outstanding voluntary services, both as chairperson and committee member, over many years. The transition from the old Marymount residence at Wellington Road, Cork, to the brand new state of the art facility at Curraheen, Bishopstown, coincided with Regina’s term in the chair and the vast capital costs incurred in the project, made her task of fundraising a difficult journey.
The former premises at Wellington Road, built in the late 19 th century on land bequeathed by Dr. Patrick Murphy, a noted medical practitioner of his era, was earmarked to sell at a substantial sum but the collapse in the economy left the building unsold.
The Friends were left with a gaping €12million shortfall and Regina and her colleagues were obliged to commence a major fundraising drive to clear the debt. The show goes on and will continue for several years in a difficult economic climate for all fundraising activities.
The Friends voluntary group was established in 1984 and the award was recognition of all volunteers, current and past, who over the twenty eight years since their foundation, have raised many millions for Marymount Hospice.
Regina, in accepting the award, spoke in glowing reference to all The Friends of Marymount Hospice who worked with her over the years and Cllr. Laura McGonigle, deputising for the Lord Mayor, referred to the important role of the hospice for all Cork families.