New push-up challenge is helping to raise funds for Mercy University Hospital

New push-up challenge is helping to raise funds for Mercy University Hospital
A new push-up challenge is helping to raise funds for mental health services and ICU equipment both for the Mercy University Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Picture: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Set up by Emma Coffey Nguyen, the campaign is raising much-needed funds for mental health services and ICU equipment both for the Mercy University Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

Participants are asked to take a photo or video of themselves doing as many push-ups as possible, then nominate three more people to do the same and donate to the GoFundMe page.

Thus far, the campaign has raised over €3,000 and Emmy is encouraging even more people to get their biceps out to support frontline workers.

"The staff at the Mater and Mercy Hospital are at the front line of the fight to stop the spread of Covid-19. 

"They are working around the clock and going the extra mile to protect all of us. 

"One of the greatest needs for staff in the weeks and months ahead is ensuring that they have the supports they need to help them to deal with the psychological and emotional trauma that they will have to deal with," she said.

Echoing this sentiment Dr Helen Richards, Clinical Psychologist at Mercy University Hospital said protecting the mental health of frontline workers is vitally important.

"Protecting the mental health of frontline staff is important for the control of Covid-19 and the care of patients in the weeks and months ahead, and for the long-term mental health of staff," she said.

For further details or to donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/paddypushupchallenge

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