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 2016 contributed to the following:

  • Bowel Cancer Genetics Tests
    Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Ireland with incidences of bowel cancer, highest in Cork. The first of their kind in Europe, these non-invasive tests predict the risk of recurrence of bowel cancer, in patients who are being treated for the disease. They help doctors to make informed decisions about whether or not to provide additional treatment, such as chemotherapy. Research findings are due to be published shortly. (€24,000)
  • Patient Assistance Programme
    This fund is made available to the Mercy Hospital Social Work team, to assist and provide support to patients undergoing cancer treatment, who may struggle to pay small household, travel or medical bills, due to their illness. (€10,000)
  • Profiling Beds
    Electric Profiling Beds promote proper circulation, help patients feel comfortable, movie more freely while maintaining their independence during their cancer treatment. Two Electric Profiling Beds were purchased for St. Therese’s Medical Oncology Unit. (€5,000)
  • Patient Information Booklet
    3,000 Information booklets were printed for patients undergoing chemotherapy, explaining the side effects of their treatment, which foods to include or exclude in their diet, and information on the counselling and social services available to patients in St. Therese’s Oncology Unit. (€1,500)
  • Cancer CARE Centre
    Funds raised from Radiothon 2016 were also used to support the ongoing fundraising effort towards the planned Cancer CARE Centre. This new Centre will provide a space and a place for patients and their families from the time of their diagnosis, during treatment and whilst they are recovering from their cancer. (€60,000)

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Psycho Oncology – Receiving a diagnosis of cancer will normally result in some degree of psychological distress. Patients to 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 Psycho-oncology Service at MUH will offer. In 2017 the Foundation is launching a two year pilot at a cost of €16,000 per annum. A contribution of €16,000 from Radiothon 2017 will enable this project to begin at MUH.
  • TIVA Pump for Cancer Surgery – 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. (€5,000)
  • 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. 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)
  • An information pack for Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer – being diagnosed with cancer can be a scary and confusing time. For men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer a specially developed information pack can help them to understand their cancer and the treatment options available to them. Cost to provide 500 packs €1,200.
  • Any additional funds raised through Radiothon 2017 will be used to support the Foundation’s Cancer Appeal Projects which include – the development of its new Cancer CARE Centre and its ongoing support of the EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound) service at MUH. MUH now provides the largest EUS service in the country. Our surgical team is dependent on this EUS service to diagnose, treat, and relieve the symptoms of cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, lungs and pancreas.

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 2016 contributed to the following:

  • We currently have 3 family rooms. Each room can accommodate one family staying overnight. All three family rooms are ensuite. There is also small shared kitchenette where families who are staying overnight can prepare snacks.The family rooms were significantly refurbished in 2016. This included the repainting of the walls of all bedrooms and the nearby corridor, the purchase of colourful black out blinds for the windows, the provision of new bedroom furniture including lockers, beds, soft lighting, mattresses, bed linen and soft furnishings.The shared kitchenette was also upgraded to include the provision of a new table and chairs, colourful kitchen ware and cutlery.
  • Enhancement of family areas in the Hospital.
    The family area project will be completed in April 2017. This will incorporate the provision of a seating area near St. Patrick’s Oratory where families can spend some time away from the general busyness of the ward areas.
  • Painting and general upkeep of the Hospice also continued during 2017.We would like to thank wholeheartedly all of those who contribute to this enormous event and to all at 96fm for their on-going commitment to supporting us at Marymount.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • 5 Electric Wheelchairs for Patients €3,000 per chair
    To allow easy transport for patients with reduced mobility
  • 5 Electric Recliners for Patients €1,499 per chair
    For patients with reduced mobility
  • 20 Fridges for Patient Bedrooms €100.00 per unit
    To ensure patients can keep what is required to make themselves as comfortable as possible.
  • 15 Camp Beds for Patient Families €100 per unit
  • 20 Shower Chairs for Patient Bedrooms €150 per Unit
    For patient with limited mobility – allows some element of independence in the shower
  • Refurbishment of Patient Balconies x 80 €1,500 per balcony
    To ensure patients have an attractive outdoor space to look out on or to
  • 20 Commodes €350 per unit
    For patients with reduced mobility

Cork University Hospital:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2016 contributed to the following:

  • Breast Cancer Biopsy Chair – €9,698.55
  • Television for Waiting Room in Endoscopy Unit – €1,126
  • Probe cleaner for the Colorectal Cancer Unit – €7,687.50
  • Large projector for the Multi Disciplinary Room (to support the oncology teams in assessing and
  • implementing treatment plans for cancer patients – €12,058.92
  • 30 patient chairs for General Surgical Cancer ward for breast, bowel, pancreatic, thyroid and liver cancer cases- €7,500
  • Chair Scales for General Surgical Cancer ward for breast, bowel, pancreatic, thyroid and liver cancer cases – €679.41
  • Reusable Catheters for Colorectal Cancer Unit – €14,412
  • A Flowmeter – device to measure urine flow for gastro-intestinal cancer patients – €3,750
  • Chemotherapy Day Unit – refurbishment of Patient Education Room, fridge and computerised thermometer for chemotherapy drugs, purchase of medical trolleys and soft furnishings for patient waiting area – €22,000

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Stomatherapy Unit refurbishment (where cancer patients have had their bowel or bladder diverted surgically onto their abdomen and are required to wear a stoma pouch or stoma bag over this opening) – €60,000
  • ECG machine (to monitor patients heart rate)for the Adult Leukaemia Ward – €4,000
  • Blood Pressure Machines x 2 (monitor patient’s blood pressure) for the Adult Leukaemia Ward – €4,000 each
  • Electronic patient bed for General Surgical Cancer ward x 2 €1,500 each
  • Adult leukaemia Ward Family Room- Recliner Chairs x 4 €2,000 each
  • TVs for General Surgical Cancer Ward – €5,500
  • Two medium sized dressing trolleys for General Surgical Cancer ward – €200 per item
  • Drug Trolley with combination lock – approx €2,000
  • Surgical grade screens and curtains for General Surgical Cancer ward – €22,000

Breakthrough Cancer Research:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2016 contributed to the following:

  • 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. (€23,208)
  • Radiothon monies were used to part fund a research programme to develop a new treatment for poor prognosis Leukaemia’s. This research holds out the promise of providing treatment that may be less toxic and suitable for use in older people where normal chemotherapy has too many side effects.
  • Purchasing an Enduro Gel Doc System for visualising DNA gels during electrophoresis to allow scientists view genetic changes at the cellular level in cancer. This system allows our scientists to see responses to the new therapies they are developing and testing at the DNA level. (€6,698.04)
  • Purchasing of a Gram Ice machine. During our experiments it’s essential that cancer tissues, DNA and reagents are kept cool or they will not work or go off. This piece of equipment creates ice especially for a lab setting. (€3,480.90)
  • Video-conferencing/audio-visual equipment for the Centre’s Board Room to facilitate conferencing for off-site medical teams and International Collaborators. (€5,040.75)

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Funds are needed to help fund our research programme 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. (€40,000)
  • Funds are needed for our Ovarian and Pancreatic Cancer Research programmes which are targeting these cancers which still have lower survival rates than most cancer. We urgently need to develop new treatments for them.
  • Purchase of a heated Forceps for our Histology lab where we prepare and work with tumour tissue. Labs use these forceps for routine embedding to prevent carryover/contamination from one tissue sample to the next as well as for the ease of embedding to a very good standard which saves time and reagents. (€880)
  • Purchase a replacement for our old ‘Real Time PCR machine’ which has reached the end of life. This measures specific pieces of DNA (or genes) in samples. The machine purchased will facilitate the execution of multiple current and future projects in our Cork Research Centre, for 10 years. (€13,500)
  • Help us purchase ‘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’ eliminates human error and fatigue resulting in more reliable data, and helps us run very large experiments that we never could before. (€24,000)

Cork Arc Cancer Support House:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2016 contributed to the following:

  • Radiothon contributed towards supporting our specialised breast cancer counselling and support service (individual and group). (€22,200)
  • Developing a prostate cancer support system for men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, including Pilates for Men (€10,000)
  • Two Brighter Ways, Beautiful Days Workshops, helping cancer patients take back control of their image during and after cancer treatment. (€800)
  • Three Bereavement Information Workshops which were open to anyone coping with the death of a loved one from cancer and felt they would like to learn and understand more about the grieving process. (€3,000)
  • Two courses of six ‘Hour of Calm’ sessions at the NICHE HSE Building in Knocknaheeny. Here, people with cancer and their families can find a quiet group space and learn the use of relaxation techniques and meditation to support themselves in their everyday life. (€2,000)

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Exploring and developing child services (€10,000)
  • Bi-monthly Stress Management Workshop (6,000)
  • Support towards the cost of setting up our new Cancer Support House in Youghal in East Cork (€5,000)
  • Funding for 420 counselling sessions for patients and relatives effected by cancer (€18,800)
  • Mindfulness Meditation Course in West Cork (€1,000)