AN appeal is being made to the public to help the work of Marymount hospital and hospice by donating to a major fundraising campaign.
The fundraising draw, for a Toyota Corolla Luna Hybrid car worth €29,500, was launched today. Tickets will now be sold all across Cork county for the draw.
Fundraising officer Mary Morrish said: "Monies raised from the draw are so important and go directly to the provision of services to patients and their families."
Marymount was founded in 1870 and offers palliative care for terminally ill patients. Last year, the facility was involved with up to 3,000 patients and their families.
Each year, up to €3.5 million must be raised to help in the cost of providing its services.
A spokesman added: "Additionally, Marymount is still burdened with the cost of its new state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2011, with an outstanding debt of more than €5 millioin."
And he said: "At Marymount, complex care is offered to those living with life limiting conditions, irrespective of age or diagnosis. Through interventions such as good symptom management, meeting the physical, psychological and social needs of patients and we enable people to live the best life possible for as long as possible."
He added: "At a very difficult time in their lives, Marymount believe that those they care for deserve expert care and yet it is a day-to-day struggle to resource palliative care effectively."
Tickets for the draw are available at Marymount University Hospital in Curraheen; Marymount shop at 87 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork city, or Cogans Toyota in Carrigaline.
They are also available online at www.marymount.ie.
Tickets are €10 each, or three for €20.