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 2019 contributed to the following:

  • Two electric cars and charging points to facilitate more economical and environmental travel by our Community Palliative Care team
  • Equipment to facilitate a new volunteer-driven evening bereavement telephone service.
  • A wheelchair lift for our donated minibus, increasing accessibility
  • Equipment to facilitate patient safety and comfort.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Renewal of Community Palliative Care car fleet. The Community Palliative Care Team provide specialist care in the community.
  • Upgrading the entertainment systems in patient bedrooms to ensure maximum comfort in a ‘home away from home’ setting.
  • Repainting of bedrooms to enhance a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment for those who use our services
  • Maintenance works and equipment to ensure maximum patient comfort and safety throughout the year.

 

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 2019 contributed to the following:

  • Completion of an evidence-based cookbook for cancer patients which can help increase the ability to tolerate treatment and survival. (€25,000)
  • Continued funding of a clinical trial nurse to support patients and families before, during and after clinical trials which can be an extremely anxious journey. (€28,395)

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • The purchase of microneedles and/or probes for use in treatment of skin, colon or oesophageal cancers where surgery may not be suitable or may have already failed patients. (€1,000-€3,000 per needle/probe)
  • Help fund an Ovarian Cancer Research Project which is investigating the role of a cell recycling process in ovarian cancer reoccurrence.  Approximately 80% of women whom exhibit an excellent response to first line therapy will have their cancer return. Additional treatments often have a poor response so there is an urgent need to develop new approaches for patients with ovarian cancer.  (€35,966) 
  • We need greater tools to answer the complexity of cancer in each patient and we will support a Cork research team which is looking at the role of bacteria and cancer as part of a national Precision Oncology effort to develop more personalised treatments for cancer patients. (€75,000)

 

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.