A Cork GAA club has raised much needed funds for the Mercy University Hospital with its 24 hour run in aid of the hospital’s cancer unit.
Youghal GAA players and management took part in a 24 hour run last month which saw each player taking turns in running consistently for one hour.
A total of 38 people were allocated a time and ran in pairs with social distancing in place within the club’s sports grounds.
Manager of Youghal GAA Club Ken Bulman said that all went according to plan on the day and that he was “delighted” to be able to hand the cheque to the sum of €10,200 over to the Mercy University Hospital Foundation.
The target of €5,000 was surpassed when the fundraiser “took on a life of its own” and the funds will be used to improve facilities at the hospital’s cancer ward.
The cheque was handed over to Campaigns and Community Manager of the Mercy University Hospital Foundation Deirdre Finn last week and Mr Bulman said staff were “delighted” with the funds for the cancer ward.
“There’s nobody looking for an award but you certainly feel awarded when you raise that amount of money and to surpass the target by that much just feels good,” he said.
Mr Bulman’s daughter Shannen Joyce recently completed chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for the second time and The Mercy University Hospital was her primary place of care.
Players wanted to do something to support Shannen and decided to raise funds for The Mercy “to try and repay something back for all the good work they did for Shannen”.
Mr Bulman thanked everyone who got involved and everyone who supported the cause in helping make a difference to cancer patients and their families.