Huge thanks to The Hospital Saturday Fund for their wonderful gift of £4,500 as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations
The reception was hosted by Ambassador, Martin Fraser at the Irish Embassy in London on 6th June and our Corporate Fundraising Manager, James Hay was in attendance alongside one or two celebs!
The Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) donated a total of £160,000/€176,000 to thirty-one medical charities and organisations from Ireland and the UK during the event. The occasion was made even more special with the presence of Graham Norton, a celebrity supporter of Bantry Hospice, who presented the donations. Lesley Garrett, the Patron of The Hospital Saturday Fund, also participated in making the presentations to the recipient charities.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of The Hospital Saturday Fund said: ‘We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many charities in both Ireland and the UK, many of which are less well-known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way with the exceptional, tireless work that they do.
‘We are delighted to have increased our grant-making funds to £2.3/€2.5 million to over 600 charities in Ireland and the UK over the last 12 months. This evening has been very special, as for the first time, we have been able to give grants to both Irish and British charities at the same reception and mark our commitment to supporting the communities in these countries for the past 150 years.’
James Hay added: ‘A huge congratulations to The Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF). We were honored to attend the event and delighted to be the recipients of a £4,500 grant.
‘The evening was a true celebration of the work that the HSF, Cerebra and 30 other charities, does. Special guest Graham Norton gave a fantastic speech sharing his involvement with HSF and the Bantry Hospice. Ireland Ambassador Martin Fraser, HSF Chair John Greenwood and HSF CEO Paul Jackson also gave heartfelt speeches at the reception.
‘We were even treated to a performance of Happy Birthday from HSF Patron and soprano singer Lesley Garrett! Thank you to all involved.’
Here’s the full list of the organisations receiving grants:
Ambitious about Autism
Angel Eyes NI
Aspire (Association for Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration)
Connemara Therapeutic Riding CLG
Cork Life Centre
Dogs for the Disabled
Dyspraxia DCD Ireland
East Liverpool Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
Edinburgh Headway Group
Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice
Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
Leonard Cheshire Disability
London Irish Centre
Meath Epilepsy Charity
Order of Malta Ireland Navan Unit
Recovery Haven Kerry
Richard House Children’s Hospice
Saint John of God Foundation
Spinal Injuries Ireland
Teenage Cancer Trust