Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital
An Post Tour of Sligo Committee are delighted to announce that the Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital have been chosen as the charity for the An Post Cycle 2013.
“Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital” was set up as a registered charity in March 2008.
The aim of Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital is to supplement the services provided by the HSE and hospital for the health, welfare, and comfort of patients. This will be achieved by the provision of additional facilities and equipment to enable staff in the delivery of a better service to the patients during their hospital stay.
Cardiovascular disease remains the single largest cause of death in Ireland. Heart disease accounts for more than one-third of all deaths and one in five premature deaths.
The fund raising drive for 2013 is Cardiac Services at Sligo Regional Hospital both to improve the patient’s chance of survival. and avoid the need for patients to travel outside the region for these vital services. In this regard Sligo Regional Hospital , has set a target of > € 150,000 which will go towards funding for a Cardiac Catheter Laboratory in Sligo.
We would ask you to consider supporting this worthy service when you are participating in this great event.
A sponsorship card will be issued to all entrants and while it is optional for cyclists to raise money it is hoped that most people will support this worthy fund raiser. The funds raised will go towards the development of Cardiac services at the hospital. Investment in improved cardiac services will avoid the need fro patients in the North West area to travel to either Galway or Dublin for much of their cardiac investigations and treatment. You can also donate directly to the charity via the attached link Donate FOSRH
Significantly, The Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital will play a leading role in the hosting of the all important food stops.
The new national policy “Changing Cardiovascular Health” published in 2010 by the Department of Heath and Children outlines the way forward for cardiovascular services across the country. This includes early access to diagnostics and interventional services to improve patients’ chance of survival. In this regard Sligo Regional Hospital as part of its strategic development has identified, as a major objective, that the Department of Health locate a Catheter Laboratory in Sligo Regional Hospital.
Achievement of this objective will serve to up grade the status of our hospital and will avoid the need for patients to travel to either Galway or Dublin for much of their cardiac investigations / treatment.
In order to support the application of Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital have agreed to raise funds in excess of €150,000. to achieve this target they have been running a number of events throughout the county in 2012 and now look forward to the AN Post Tour of Sligo 2013.
Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital fully appreciate the financial demands being made by various charity organisations but sincerely hope that club cycling members and individuals will consider taking part in the An Post cycle and including them in the fundraising effort no matter how small.
Charity Reg. No. CHY17553