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”.

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Croí Courtyard Apartments Revamped for Families in Need

Croí, the heart and stroke charity, provides a vital accommodation service to the families of loved-ones receiving heart or stroke care in Galway, recognising the important role loved-ones play in a patient’s recovery. The three ground-floor Courtyard Apartments at Croí House offer a free place to stay just a ten-minute walk from Galway University Hospital.

The Courtyard Apartments at Croí are in high-demand and open all year-around, with Croí supporting over 100 families each year from across Ireland and the globe. The apartments offer a safe and comfortable place for families to stay during a very difficult time, when their loved-one is receiving heart or stroke urgent care.

With thanks to the generosity of Aurivo, the globally-focussed Agribusiness which is headquartered in the North West of Ireland, funds raised through the co-op’s Charity of the Year Programme have contributed to a recent refurbishment of the Courtyard Apartments, which are beautifully revamped and ready to welcome families once again. Over the course of 2019, Aurivo employees organised many fundraising events in aid of Croí, with funds generously matched by the co-op.

Commenting on the re-launch of the Courtyard Apartments, Donal Tierney, Aurivo CEO said: “Aurivo is delighted to give back to the local community and support Croí and their work. This charity is close to our hearts as some of our staff and their families have benefitted from their services. We take great pride in our Charity of the Year Programme and it is an important part of our Corporate Social Responsibility and Origin Green Sustainability Strategy.”

Pictured from left: Raymond Barlow, Chairman, Aurivo, Neil Johnson, CEO, Croí, Donal Tierney, CEO, Aurivo; Marilyn Philips, Group Head of Human Resources; Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising, Croí.

Aurivo witnessed first-hand the importance of the Courtyard Apartments when a member of their team required the service. Energy Manager, Marty Dervin, from Ballina, has worked with Aurivo for over 30 years. He travelled to Galway in February 2019 after experiencing a problem with his heart stents. Marty, who suffered a heart attack in 2011, had previously been unaware of the Courtyard Apartments: “Croí facilitated me and my family with a place to stay and the opportunity to have my procedure carried out on the day rather than a reappointment with prolonged anxiety and waiting. It is brilliant to have a facility like this in Galway. I am delighted that Aurivo supported Croí as our Charity of the Year for 2019. Croí is close to our hearts.”

Speaking at the re-launch of the Courtyard Apartments, Croí CEO Neil Johnson said: “This generous support by Aurivo and our community will allow Croí to continue to provide much-needed accommodation for people at a time when they need to be as close as possible to a loved-one. We could not provide these facilities without this support, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their incredible and continuing contributions.”

To learn more about the Courtyard Apartments at Croí, please see here.

‘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.

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