Photo Caption: Pictured is Past President John Dawson of the Rotary Club of Comber fixing a specially commissioned art piece that acknowledges the Club’s support within the room they sponsored.

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin - Opening of refurbished Parents Accommodation Unit

In the event of a Northern Ireland child being in need of emergency heart surgery, such an operation can now only happen in one hospital on the island of Ireland – and that is in Crumlin, Dublin.

The Rotary Clubs of Ireland made a substantial contribution worth over €95,000 to the hospital in support of the refurbishment of bedrooms located in the Parents Accommodation Unit of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Rotary clubs from all over Ireland became involved by ‘sponsoring a bedroom’ and, in many cases, volunteering their time to help with the ongoing refurbishment. The project involved fitting new PVC windows, doors, wooden floors, furniture and redecorating each room.

Rotarian Daniel O’Reilly, project organiser and a past user of the Parents Accommodation Unit said “our aim was for Rotary clubs to unite together to upgrade these bedrooms to a modern standard and to facilitate the needs of parents/guardians

while their child is in the children’s hospital. We worked closely with the hospital, and are very proud to have been involved in such a worthwhile project. Parents of sick children in Crumlin will benefit from the work of Rotary for many years to come.”

As a follow-up to the Club visits and the conclusion of the fundraising efforts, Rotarians attended a ceremony to mark the upgrade of the parent accommodation unit on Saturday 24th June.

The Rotarians present were given a tour of the accommodation block and each club took time to unveil a bespoke Art piece with the Club name on it, within their sponsored bedroom.

The Rotary Club of Comber contributed £1,000 to the project.

Story by: JD

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