Article featured in Upstairs Downstairs magazine, August/September 2019 issue
Croí – Heart and Stroke Charity, is based in Galway and our goal is to lead the fight against heart disease and stroke in the West of Ireland. Since it was first established in 1985, Croí has played a significant role in establishing Galway University Hospital as the only referral centre for cardiac surgery in the West of Ireland. In addition, Croí Heart and Stroke Centre is the first of its kind in Ireland, dedicated to the prevention of, and recovery from, cardiovascular disease as well as the promotion of health and well-being. The charity is totally funded with the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy.
As part of Croí’s patient and family support services, we provide free accommodation in The Courtyard Apartments at Croí Centre whereby families can stay close to a loved one who is undergoing surgery or receiving stroke or cardiac care at Galway University Hospital. At a time of crisis and trauma, Croí helps families stay close to their loved ones.
As an extension of this support to families, we have recently refurbished “The Croí Family Room” to give families a relaxing and quiet place to go while their loved ones receive specialist care in the Coronary Care Unit in Galway University Hospital. With the help of Interior Designer, Rosie O’Connell, and with the funds raised through generous donors and supporters, Croí have transformed this room into a calm space for families to recharge during the most stressful time.
As an independent, non-for-profit organisation, all of Croí’s activities are funded from fundraising initiatives and revenue-generating activities. We are deeply grateful for the support and endorsement of our donors, supporters and volunteers who give so generously of their time and resources. We hope “The Croí Family Room” will be a calm oasis for families with loved ones receiving care.