I’m doing The Echo Virtual Women's Mini Marathon - but going to lift 6000kg first

Around €1 million is raised annually for worthy causes, through The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon. Among those raising funds for Marymount this year, by doing the virtual race — with her own twist — is East Cork nurse Ali Rose Sisk.
I’m doing The Echo Virtual Women's Mini Marathon - but going to lift 6000kg first

Ali-Rose Sisk, from Rostellan in east Cork.

NURSE Ali Rose Sisk,a doctoral student from Rostellan, doesn’t mind the commute home to Cork from London.

She came straight home when Covid-19 broke out to work alongside her colleagues on the frontline and she’s coming home in September to take part in The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon for Marymount.

“And I don’t mind the two weeks’ quarantine!” says Ali Rose, who won a Marie Curie PhD scholarship to help develop NHS palliative care services for people with early onset dementia.

Ali Rose developed a software, SafeCare, that could help bridge the gap between documentation and patient care.

“My grandmother, Vera, was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago,” says Ali Rose.

“I run dementia communication intervention workshops in UCC under the name VERA, after my grandmother. It is now a taught module on the nursing curriculum.”

Ali Rose, 24, used to come up with new things to help people with dementia, is doing this year’s mini marathon, her way — lifting weights as she goes.

“I’m working with my trainer and we’re talking about lifting 6000kg, before the 6km run,” says Ali Rose.

“I used to take part in international power lifting competitions and I’m really into running and fitness. I train regularly.

“I like putting my own spin on something,” says Ali-Rose.

“There’s no reason why I couldn’t do it. I will try lifting the weights and running.

“My trainer and I will run the 6km together for Marymount.”

Ali Rose currently living and studying in London, will be moving home permanently to Cork later this year.

“My research work into the palliative care sector is very important to me,” she says.

“Dementia care and care of the elderly are causes very close to my heart. My granny suffered from dementia for a long time way back.”

Ali Rose Sisk who is raising funds for Marymount in The Echo Virtual Women's Mini Marathon.
Ali Rose Sisk who is raising funds for Marymount in The Echo Virtual Women's Mini Marathon.


Ali will be supporting a much- loved cause, Marymount.

“We all know about the wonderful work that Marymount do,” says Ali Rose.

“As well as caring for cancer patients and their families, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice provides specialist palliative care services to care for dependent older people.”

Like everyone everywhere, Ali Rose knows the care at Marymount is second to none.

“The palliative care provided there is amazing,” she says.

“Marymount on a local and community-based level is a wonderful place. Truly wonderful. I was fortunate enough to do some teaching there and I attended a conference there. I loved the place and I loved the people.”

She loved the ethos too.

“For older people, Marymount Hospital provides long-term care, respite and palliative care support services.”

We all have a link to our local hospice and hospital.

“Everyone knows someone who has been cared for by Marymount,” says Ali Rose.

“I know lots of my pals have had sick relatives who received the greatest of care at Marymount.”

It is a top notch facility providing specialised and expert care to a population of 560,000 people.

She adds: “Marymount has a hotel atmosphere.”

It is a home from home.

“It provides care to patients and their families,” says Ali Rose.

“The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to deliver fantastic palliative care services. Palliative care is something we should all be aware of and should be looking at.”

Ali Rose knows that people have a special bond with their elderly loved ones.

“I think it is all about humour with dementia patients,” she says.

“People with dementia love familiar terminology, home comforts. Speaking about whatever is meaningful to them means a lot to them. I often hear stories about dancing long ago.”

Ali Rose’s work means a lot to her.

“My big dream is to eventually build care units for people with dementia and to implement Safe Care for them.

“I just want to improve the service for the person at the centre of this. They might not remember your name, but they’ll always remember how you made them feel.”

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