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Thursday, 14th September, 2017 11:30am

Planning a coffee morning at your local club? Or a dress up/dress down day at work? The Mercy Hospital Foundation are looking for participants for their Mercy Heroes campaign on Friday 13 October.

The Foundation is inviting people of all ages and from all walks of life to get involved in the campaign which aims to raise funds to purchase vital new profiling beds for critically ill patients at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork.

The event will feature companies, schools and individuals from all over Cork.

Potential participants who are interested in hosting their own Mercy Heroes event or fundraiser can register at and will receive a free Mercy Heroes pack with information and ideas.

Talking about the difference that the new profiling beds, which cost €1,500 each, will make, Karen Fitzgerald, Stroke Nurse at the Mercy said:

“Profiling beds will make a real difference for patients here at the Mercy, and the first to receive them will be those in observation beds. These are patients who require additional monitoring and nursing care post-surgery or who are acutely medically unwell.”

“The new beds will ensure that we can make their stay as comfortable and easy as possible for them in what can be a distressing time.

“Unlike standard beds, the bases of these electric profiling beds are sectioned so the mattress can be profiled to achieve various positions, the height can also be adjusted, and patients are also able to reposition themselves more independently which is beneficial for them and helps with a quicker recovery.”

Speaking about the Mercy Heroes campaign, Micheál Sheridan, CEO, Mercy Hospital Foundation CEO, encouraged everyone to take part and help “save lives”.

He said: “Our patients are heroes, the staff at the Mercy Hospital are heroes, and donors like you are heroes; wonderful real life heroes that help us deliver the best research, diagnosis, treatment and care to patients every day at The Mercy University Hospital, the People’s Hospital.”

For more information on the Mercy Heroes contact Deirdre on 021-4223135 or visit

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