Moville Boat Club made a €230 cash presentation to the Ard Aoibhinn Dementia unit in Carndonagh Community Hospital this week. The cash came from funds raised at the Victoria Thompson Ladies Sailing Race and the presentation was made by Sharon Thompson. Sharon said the race “is a special way of remembering Victoria but it also highlights year on year, the need for more children’s palliative care services.”
Club members this year wanted to show their support for the Dementia unit because it plays such an important role in the lives of so many members of our families and our community, said media secretary Trish Hegarty.
Also, at the presentation was Kim Banks, skipper of ‘Megaera’, the winning boat in the race. Kim said the annual race was “a great way for the ladies to get together, to sail and to have fun, while remembering Victoria in a special way.”
The cash presentation of €230 was accepted by Eileen Cooke, Nurse Manager at Ard Aoibhinn, the Dementia unit in Carndonagh. Eileen said funds donated to the unit help to provide days out and activities for the patients. “We have 16 beds in our small residential unit. Six of these are for long-term care, and the rest are used by patients who are here for respite care, or to be assessed.”
“Patients can be referred by their GP or Public Health Nurse but families can also contact us directly and refer a relative themselves.” Eileen said respite patients normally come for a short stay every 6-weeks. “Most of these patients are being cared for at home by a family member, perhaps with the support a home help. But carers regularly need a break and that is what we are here to provide.”
Thanks also to Moville Comunity College TY student Jessica Moir for helping out with the presentation event!