Where The Funds Go


Thanks to you, Cork’s 96fm Giving for Living Radiothon makes change happen here in Cork and ensures those dealing with cancer get the care they deserve right on their doorstep.

Mercy Hospital Foundation:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2018 contributed to the following:

  • You helped fund over 60 psycho-oncology sessions last year to provide emotional & psychological support to patients during their cancer journey.
  • Ensured 24% more Endoscopic Ultrasounds could be carried out in 2018 helping to detect and stage various cancers
  • POONS (Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service) nurses, Peg & Olga, were able to carry out 629 home visits last year to provide cancer treatment to children in their own homes. Approximately €98,000 was saved by families not having to travel to the Hospital.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Upper GI patient support group to provide emotional support to those living with or having survived some of the most common cancers in Ireland (€2,000)
  • 3D MIS – The Mercy is the only hospital in Ireland to provide this life-saving surgical system which allows doctors to operate with greater precision and helps patients recover much quicker. (€25,000) 
  • Refurbishment of kids room in the Leukaemia Unit to make patients feel more at home. (€3,000)
  • Psycho-Oncology service to provide vital emotional and psychological support to patients through their cancer journey. (€5,000)

Marymount University Hospital and Hospice:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2018 contributed to the following:

  • Installation of a back-up Call Nurse call system.
  • Exit Alarms and 10 new “Falls” Alarms.
  • New nurse call, nurse call bells, and nurse calls maintenance.
  • Shower chairs 
  • New commodes
  • New fridges in patient rooms
  • Completion of the balcony upgrade which gives all patients outdoor space to get some fresh air and a view of Marymount Gardens
  • Upgrades of the Roof Garden which is a therapeutic space for service users.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • The Community Palliative Care Service which provides advice and support for those being care for at home with life-limiting conditions. Funding will allow this vital service to continue by providing the team with adequate transport to provide care to individuals all over Cork regardless of the remoteness of their location. (Approx €80,000)
  • Recliner chairs to allow patients to spend more time out of their bed. It provides much greater independence for patients. (Approx €20,000 for 10 chairs)
  • Refurbishment of patient rooms and sitting rooms (Approx €45,000)
  • Upgrade of jacuzzi room to make patients feel more at home and help bring some normality to their lives (€5000)
  • Upgrade of clinical equipment.

Cork University Hospital:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2018 contributed to the following:

  • Essential ward refurbishments for patient comfort, greatly enhancing the patients’ experience
  • Colon cancer scope to aid in the diagnosis of colon cancer
  • Manometry probes to help detect cancer in the intestines
  • Men’s Health Unit – this unit will help with the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancers relating to men’s health.
  • Upgrade of cancer research software which will improve patient care and will also aid research.
  • Dynamap – this software helps to geographically place cancer patients.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Continued funding of Men’s Health Unit ensuring a major improvement to Men’s Health across Cork and Munster.
  • Software to assess patients’ risk of developing cancer during their lifetime, and ways to reduce the risk.
  • A limb-volume calculator which will allow physiotherapists to produce a tailored treatment plan for cancer patients.
  • Refurbishment of the Dunmanway Day Unit, Cancer Services which will dramatically improve patient flow and experience.
  • Colon cancer scope to assist in the diagnosis of colon cancer – one of the most common cancers in Ireland.

Breakthrough Cancer Research:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2018 contributed to the following:

  • The purchase of microneedles and/or probes for use in clinical trials, to help patients react better to treatment. (€1,000-€3,000 per needle)
  • Hiring a part-time clinical trial nurse to support patients and families before during and after trials which can be an extremely anxious journey. (€28,395)
  • Funding for a research project aimed at discovering less toxic and invasives forms of cancer treatment. (€20,975)

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Completion of an evidence-based cookbook for cancer patients which can help increase the ability to tolerate treatment and survival. (€25,000)
  • Research into Biomarker projects which will help to better predict and match patients with treatments which will work best for them. (€9,000-€30,000) 
  • Continued funding of a clinical trial nurse to support patients and families through an incredibly difficult process. (€28, 395)
  • Funding of an Immunology Research project which will investigate how to avoid immune system suppression during cancer treatment. (€40,000)

Cork Arc Cancer Support House:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2018 contributed to the following:

  • Enhancing existing health & well-being programmes across ARC centres, including Hour of Calm, Yoga, Bereavement Support and Pilates for Men.
  • Training West Cork Volunteers in managing distressed and at-risk clients.
  • Upskilling touch therapists with cancer-specific training in complementary therapies of massage and reflexology and on-going supervision.
  • Developing a knowledge-based service for colorectal cancer patients with nurse support.
  • Developing the Get Active Programme for men with prostate or bowel cancer.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Developing exercise and support programmes for women with colorectal and gynaecological cancers.
  • Education and support for voluntary counsellors, therapists and listeners.
  • Development of a support programme for relatives of cancer patients.
  • Extend the CLIMB project to Cork County which supports children whose parents are living with cancer.
  • Continued help for women with breast cancer from support groups to exercise classes and information on managing therapy.