Donegal Night Runner thanks Croí for support

Anita Lilly, from Ballyshannon in Donegal, was not very familiar with Croí when she first completed our Night Run virtually last year, however, Anita and Croí’s paths crossed months later when Anita’s father suffered a heart attack and needed to spend 10 days in coronary care. Anita stayed in our Courtyard Apartments, free accommodation for the families of loved-ones receiving heart or stroke care in Galway, so she could stay in Galway and be close to her father while he received care.

Anita says, “I was just amazed by this service and the work Croí do. The accommodation was so lovely and the staff were so caring.” Anita is all set to take part in the Night Run again this year on Friday, October 8th, and “every year going forward!”

Anita will be doing the Night Run again this year, and every year going forward, as Croí is now extremely significant to her and her family. She encourages others to take part in the Croí Night Run, on Friday, October 8th, to raise money for the work that Croí do. “It’s so important. They deserve every penny for the unbelievable work that Croí do”.

Learn more and register for the Night Run.

Official Opening of the Croí Family Room in the Coronary Care Unit at UHG

Croí, the Heart and Stroke Charity, recently funded the furnishing and redesign of a new family room for the Coronary Care Unit at University Hospital Galway. The Coronary Care Unit is a specialist unit for patients recovering after a heart attack or with other serious heart conditions. It is the primary heart unit for the Saolta Hospital Group and patients from all parts of the West and North West of the country are cared for there.

Commenting on the importance of the new family room, hospital manager Ms Chris Kane said, “Many of the patients treated in the Coronary Care Unit arrive by ambulance or helicopter with little time to prepare for a hospital stay. They come from all parts of the country and having a family room available makes a huge difference to the families who may travel long distances to the hospital in stressful situations. We are very appreciative of the support from Croí which made the new family room possible.”

Rosetta Reilly from Co Cavan who spent time in the family room earlier this year while her mother was under the care of the Coronary Care Unit said, “Our family were delighted to have use of the Croí Family Room for the duration of our mother’s six night hospital stay. I was here every day and the rest of the family visited daily from Cavan. We were able to have a cup of tea together between visits to the Coronary Care Unit and I was able to rest here too. Living so far from the hospital, it was fantastic to have a home away from home which allowed us to be close to our mother.”

Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Director of Fundraising said, “We are proud of the beautiful space that has been created with the Croí Family Room. Part of our mission here at Croí is to support families faced with heart disease or stroke, and we wanted to provide a calming space for families going through a difficult time as their loved ones receive care in University Hospital Galway.”

To redesign the family space in the hospital, Croí joined up with Interior Designer Rosie O’Connell, who generously donated her time for the project. “Rosie collaborated with the team at the hospital and really helped transform the room into a calm space for families to recharge,” says Flanagan.

“Croí’s work is entirely funded from the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy. The Croí Family Room refurbishment was made possible thanks to generous donations to Croí’s Patient and Family Support Services fund. Other Croí Patient and Family Support Services include free accommodation in the Courtyard Apartments at Croí, where families can stay close to a loved one who is undergoing surgery or receiving stroke or cardiac care at Galway University Hospital. To learn more about Croí, the Heart and Stroke Charity, visit www.croi.ie.”

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Dr Briain MacNeill, Consultant Cardiologist; Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí; Chris Kane, General Manager, Galway University Hospitals (GUH); and Geraldine Murray, Director of Nursing, GUH at the official opening of the Croí Family Room in the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit.
Dr Briain MacNeill, Consultant Cardiologist; Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí; Chris Kane, General Manager, Galway University Hospitals (GUH); and Geraldine Murray, Director of Nursing, GUH at the official opening of the Croí Family Room in the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit.
Rosemary Walsh, Assistant Director of Nursing; Sinead Duke, Nurse Manager Coronary Care Unit; Christine Flanagan, Fundraising Director, Croí and Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí at the official opening of the Croí Family Room in the Coronary Care Unit at University Hospital Galway. Photo: Brian Harding.
Rosemary Walsh, Assistant Director of Nursing; Sinead Duke, Nurse Manager Coronary Care Unit; Christine Flanagan, Fundraising Director, Croí and Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí at the official opening of the Croí Family Room in the Coronary Care Unit at University Hospital Galway. Photo: Brian Harding.

‘Dig deep and support Croí!’ – Apartment Testimonial

Read this lovely testimonial which was left to us recently by Bernie McCaffrey, who stayed in the Courtyard Apartments at Croí House while her husband, Eddie, was receiving coronary care at Galway University Hospital.

“My Husband, Eddie, and I were enjoying a wonderful holiday in Canada. Eddie, who was always a healthy and fit man, just turned 60, had a heart attack and was hospitalised in Calgary, Canada for 9 days. He was then taken by air ambulance back to Ireland and admitted to Galway University Hospital. I travelled with him and arrived in Galway with a very ill husband and nowhere to stay. The nurse in Coronary Care put me in contact with Christine in Croí. From the moment I met Christine, I was so well taken care of. I was accommodated in a lovely, cosy and comfortable apartment, with secure entry gates. This was such a comfort to me while I was completely alone and so worried about Eddie.

Initially I was supposed to stay for 5 days but because of complications with my husband’s surgery, this turned into 13 nights. I was never made feel I was outstaying my welcome. The kindness and support I was shown by Christine and all the staff was second to none. I was able to walk to the hospital in 10/15 minutes with no worries about car parking or the expense of it. There is a well-equipped laundry room, very essential for patients’ clothing.

My husband had a triple bypass and is recovering well, thank God.

All of this wonderful work and facilities are totally dependent on voluntary donations. I have been involved in many fundraisers, but can honestly say, I have never seen money being put to such good use. Come on, dig deep and support Croí!”

– Bernie McCaffrey

The Courtyard Apartments at Croí House are funded entirely by donations and fundraising events organised by Croí and community fundraisers. We could not provide these facilities without the generosity of the people of Ireland, particularly those in the West and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their incredible and continuing support.

For more information about the Courtyard Apartments at Croí House –

Visit: www.croi.ie/courtyardapartments 

Tel: +353 91 544310

Email: info@croi.ie