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 2017 contributed to the following:

  • Psycho-Oncology
    Receiving a diagnosis of cancer will normally result in some degree of psychological distress. Patients can be upset, confused and possibly angry. With the support from family, friends & the medical/nursing teams, the majority of people will cope well. However, it is estimated that about a third of cancer patients will require professional help to overcome disabling psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. It is to this group of patients, in particular, the MUH will offer the Psycho-Oncology service. A contribution of €16,000 from Radiothon 2017 has enabled this project to begin at MUH.
  • TIVA Pump for Cancer Surgery
    These pumps are used to administer anaesthetic during Major Cancer surgery. Research suggests that using TIVA Pumps and their ‘intelligent’ technology during major Cancer surgeries can help reduce the risk of cancer reoccurring post- surgery. (€6,500)
  • Baxter Pump for St. Therese’s Oncology Unit
    These electronic pumps are used to deliver nutrients, important pain-relieving medicines, and chemotherapy to cancer patients in a controlled way. (€3,000)
  • Profiling Bed for the Children’s Leukaemia Ward
    Having cancer can be extremely challenging for a child, so a comfortable bed and a restful night’s sleep can help a child with cancer settle into hospital faster. For teenagers, independence is crucial – an Electric Profiling Bed can help a patient have greater autonomy, enabling them to move their bed into a comfortable position, without the help of a parent or nurse. (€2,500)
  • ‘A Guide to Chemotherapy’ booklet
    After hearing about these on Radiothon 2017, a very generous donor has come forward to fund these incredibly helpful booklets. This is given to new cancer patients before they attend St. Therese’s Oncology Unit for their first course of Chemotherapy. It offers an overview of chemotherapy, information on how the treatment works, when and how it’s given, possible side effects, and its impact on sex life and fertility. It provides advice on how to cope with the physical and emotional consequences, and facilities and services for cancer patients at the hospital. (€1,500)
  • Any additional funds raised through Radiothon 2017
    In 2017 with the support of Radiothon, the Foundation was able to make a number of significant commitments to fund equipment used in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastric Cancers here at The Mercy. This included a commitment of €350,000 to ensure the continuation of the EUS service in Cork. EUS is an Ultrasound service that enables our doctors to diagnose and stage cancers of the stomach, oesophagus, and pancreas. Every year the Foundation MUST raise €100,000 to support the ongoing provision of this service, otherwise, the service will only be available in Dublin.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Psycho-Oncology service – Around 1/3 of patients will require professional support during the diagnosis and treatment phases of their cancer journey. Up to 2017, there was no dedicated Psycho-Oncology service at MUH but with the support of Radiothon listeners last year The Mercy is now only the fourth hospital in Ireland to offer a dedicated Psycho-Oncology service.
    We now want to make this service available to more and more patients. To ensure we are looking after the physical and mental health of patients we need to raise €20,000 to fund an expanded service for the next 12 months.
  • 3D Surgery System – 3D MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) – Is a modern surgical technique where operations are performed through small incisions in the body. Also known as Laparoscopic Surgery it provides patients with a quicker recovery time, a shorter hospital stay and less post-operative pain. MUH currently has a 2D System but our ability to introduce a new state of the art 3D system will help our cancer surgeons to improve the accuracy and precision of surgical tasks which is vital when removing cancers. Importantly it will help to reduce the potential for fatigue in surgeons when performing long, complex and technically challenging operations further improving safety and standards. MUH Foundation must raise €9,000 every quarter to meet its funding commitment of €150,000 which is changing the way surgeons operate here at the Mercy.
  • EUS Programme – Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a procedure that allows doctors to make a picture of internal organs and is used to help diagnose and stage cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, and pancreas. In 2016 this service was underfunded and reaching a critical point and the service was being put at risk. This would have resulted in patients from Cork having to travel to Dublin even though The Mercy provides the largest service in Ireland. So in 2017 the Foundation made the decision to help keep this vital service right here in Cork but in order to do so has to raise €100,000 every year for the next three years to fund the cost of the specialised equipment that is necessary to carry out this service.
  • POONS (Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service) – In Ireland, approximately 120 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and Leukaemia accounts for about one third of paediatric cancers. POONS, the only service of its kind in Ireland is a mobile nursing service that delivers treatment to children in Cork who have been diagnosed with cancer. What makes this service unique, however, is that it provides expert cancer care to children at home through clinical management and psychological support. Each year the Foundation must raise €30,000 to support this service which delivers a huge range of benefits to the child, its parents and family members including:
    • Less time spent in hospital….and more time spent at home!
    • Clinical expertise at the home and continuity of care including palliative care
    • Enhanced quality of life for all the family including siblings
    • A chance for parents to understand more clearly about their child’s illness
    • Reduced financial burden for families
    • Promotes school and education
    • Psychological support and reassurance in a non-threatening environment.

Marymount University Hospital and Hospice:

The income received from the 96FM Radiothon is an enormous support to Marymount University Hospital and Hospice. Without this support, Marymount could not offer the wide range of services that it currently provides.

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2017 contributed to the following:

  • Completion of Family Rooms and Family spaces throughout the hospice and hospital where families of patients could stay over and get some rest and peace
  • Improvement of patient rooms by installing fridges
  • Installing more camp beds in palliative care ward rooms to facilitate patient families staying over in the room as they need
  • Shower Chairs – to allow for access to showers
  • Commodes in patient rooms
  • Balcony improvement and refurbishment – to give some outdoor space to all patients to allow for fresh air and a view overlooking the Marymount gardens.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Refurbishment of the Marymount Oratory and Spiritual space – Creation of an anti-space to make the space more accessible, private and intimate. This space is an important reflection space for patients and families who are dealing with life-limiting illness. Improvements in lighting and visual embellishments/decorating are also required. – Est €45k
  • Facility improvements – to refurbish and redesign communal ward areas to enhance service user experience. Est €90K
  • Roof Garden – to provide a therapeutic space for service users by improving the area with architectural embellishments and furnishings. Est €30K
  • Clinical Equipment – To support the ongoing need for replacement and new clinical

Cork University Hospital:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2017 contributed to the following:

  • Chair Scales (Sit-on scales for incapacitated colorectal patients to monitor diet and weight loss):  €697.41
  • Renovation Stoma Therapy Service (stoma is a pouch/bag for people who had their bowel or bladder diverted surgically on to their abdomen): €60,000
  • Liaison Room for Cancer Care Nurses (Refurbishment of work space for nurses including benching out, new work stations and computers): €10, 000
  • ECG Machine for Clinical Trials Unit in CUH (for patients who have agreed to participate in clinical trials): €4,908.25
  • 2 X Bladder Cystoscopes (For Bladder Cancer Services of Urology). Part-funded by private donor and Radiothon funds. A bladder cystoscope is a scope or piece of equipment used to detect any problems within the bladder, including bladder cancer): €25,000
  • Tens Machines (TENS machines are used to help ease pain including pain after surgery. Pain is relieved by electrical nerve stimulation through the skin): €575.64
  • 11 – TVs, 1 – TV for Day Room, and 15 – Chairs (General Cancer Ward – Ward 4B): €9,843.26
  • Bladder Scanner (Bladder scanner for patients who are receiving radiotherapy treatments in the Radiation Oncology Unit in CUH): €7,784.67
  • Linen Trolleys (Cancer Wards – Ward 2B): €2,187.98
  • Blood Pressure Monitors (For Cancer Clinical Trials Unit): €3,405
  • Armchairs and Over-side bed tables (Ward GB – for Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy patients): €5,782
  • Chemotherapy Syringes (Ward GB – for Chemotherapy patients): €2,952
  • Air-conditioning Unit (Ward GB, Cancer Ward – for Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy patients): €4,489.50
  • Patient Property Bags (For patients’ personal items. Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy patients – Ward GB, Cancer Ward): €488.92
  • Prostate Pump (Vacuum or a pump for cancer patients with erectile dysfunction): €300

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Dynamap (software to analyse geographical location of cancer patients) for Day Unit – €3-4,000
  • Melanoma Multi-disciplinary software for Melanoma Cancer Research team in CUH – €10,000
  • Men’s Health Unit for Prostate and Bladder Cancer – various equipment and refurbishments, including Scopes to diagnose prostate and bladder cancer in patients – €25,000.
  • Breast Cancer Unit – Software to analyse patients risk of cancer – €1,000
  • Breast Cancer Unit – Software upgrades for Breast Cancer information app – €400
  • New colonoscopy scopes for bowel cancer patients – €8-10,000
  • Rapid Access Prostate Service – new machine ie MRI scanner for radiology patients – €40,000. An additional probe for this machine – €5-6,000
  • Colon Cancer Scope (to assist in the diagnosis of cancer in the colon) – €25,000
  • Radiotherapy Department – Upgrade of LINAC Accelerator machine for radiotherapy patients (this LINAC machine delivers external beams for radiotherapy treatment for patients) – €50,000
  • Specialist Electric blanket – CUH oncology research nurses use this blanket for breast cancer patients to preheat the limbs before taking blood samples – €150

Breakthrough Cancer Research:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2017 contributed to the following:

  • Funding of an Immunology Research project which looks at how we can better engage the immune system to fight cancer. We already know that patients who have a strong immune response to their cancer do better. This programme is directed at getting that same strong response for all patients by overcoming immune suppression by the cancer and stimulating and helping the patient’s immune system to better detect the cancer and destroy it.
  • The purchase of ‘Andrew’ – a High-through-put Lab Robot: The average biologist spends more than 2 hours per day pipetting (moving tiny amounts of liquid between different test tubes), repeating the same movements about 500 times per day. But a single pipetting error can ruin an entire experiment, costing thousands of euro. Andrew allows these experiments to be run through the night with zero errors and drastically speeds up progress.
  • The purchase of a replacement for our research teams old ‘Real Time PCR machine’ which had reached the end of life. The machine measures specific pieces of DNA (or genes) in samples. The machine purchased will facilitate the execution of multiple current and future projects in the centre for research here in Cork, for 10 years.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Funds are needed to help purchase microneedles and/or probes for use in clinical trials using electroporation technology to help make patients tumours more porous and better able to uptake drugs and therapies.  (€1,000 – 3,000 per needle/probe)
  • Funds are needed to help complete and print our last evidence-based cookbook for cancer patients – a free resource for patients made available for their use during and after their cancer diagnosis to help increase ability to tolerate treatment and survival. This will be the final of our four and join our other award-winning resources available for free for Cork and Irish patients. (€25,000)
  • Funds are needed for our Oesophageal, Pancreatic, and Ovarian Cancer Research programmes which are targeting these cancers which still have lower survival rates than most cancers. The funds will be used for lab consumables and scientists to drive these projects forward. (Up to €45,000 per year)
  • The funding of a clinical trial nurse to help coordinate our patient trials and provide support to patients and their families before during and after the trial. This is particularly critical as patients who are going for trial have often had other treatments fail them and there can be a lot of anxiety about new or experimental approaches. (€28,395)
  • The part funding of a research project which investigates how the bacteria in our body could be harnessed to deliver cancer treatments directly into tumours.  This approach has the potential to be far less toxic than current treatments like some chemotherapies and also have greater specificity and only harm cancers cells without harming healthy cell.  (€20,975)

Cork Arc Cancer Support House:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2017 contributed to the following:

  • Child Services: The need for emotional support for children whose parents have cancer is greater than ever before. In Ireland, there are over 27,000 invasive cancer diagnoses each. Many of these are parents, with children under the age of 18. Cancer permanently changes the family dynamics, evoking in the children many fears, doubts and questions about their future and that of their parents.  Without appropriate information and support, some children can experience long-standing emotional difficulties throughout life.  We have been working towards filling this critical care gap between parents who have been diagnosed with cancer and the often overlooked emotional needs of their children.  Radiothon 2017 has allowed us to plan and develop this service and we will begin to support these children in late 2018. (€10,000)
  • Monthly stress management workshops were facilitated for people living with advanced cancer helping them to deal with the uncertainty of the reoccurrence of their disease. (€8,000)
  • Decorating and refurbishment of our drop-in center at 29 Friar Street in Youghal, allowing us to enhance the safe space and welcome for cancer patients and their families. (€5,000) 
  • Radiothon provided for 420 one to one sessions for cancer patients and their families from our professional team of cancer nurse counsellors. (€18,800) 
  • Radiothon supported our first 8-week Mindfulness Meditation Course in West Cork which is specifically tailored to those affected by cancer.  (€1,000)

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Enhancing health and well-being programmes across our four centers, Cliffdale on O’Donovan Rossa Road, The Bungalow, Bantry and 29 Friar Street in Youghal, at the HSE Building in Knocknaheeny. (€10,000)
  • Training our West Cork Volunteers in managing very distressed and at-risk clients. (€1,000)
  • Upskilling touch therapists with cancer-specific training in complementary therapies of massage and reflexology (€5,000)
  • Develop and implement support programme tailored for patients with colorectal cancers including information workshops and one to one support. (€7,000)
  • Developing information and support services for people with colorectal cancer. (€15,000)