Cappagh Hospital Foundation’s patron, Francis Brennan, got in a bit of hill walking at the launch of the ‘Camino for Cappagh’. The fundraising walk will take place from October 10th to 17th and will cover the last 115km of the spectacular Portuguese Coastal Way route of the Camino de Santiago, ending in beautiful Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.
Francis himself will join the group for part of the walk – “I have always wanted to go on the Camino; I have heard that it is an amazing and unforgettable experience. I’m really looking forward to doing my part, and for such a deserving cause. Cappagh Hospital is a wonderful place and I have seen first-hand how important funding is, and what it can provide for orthopaedic patients.”
All money raised from the ‘Camino for Cappagh’ walk will go directly towards funding the new Rehabilitation Gym at Cappagh Hospital’s Active Rehabilitation Unit (ARU). The ethos of this unit is to help patients return to an active, confident and sociable life following a trauma or an acute medical episode.
The new customised rehabilitation gym will provide a large, dedicated space for patients to complete their physiotherapy programmes, which will help them return to a more independent life. This new facility will give the patients more space to practice their walking, participate in classes and improve their balance and strength as well as enjoying the social benefits of interaction with their fellow patients and their care team.
“I was transferred to the Active Rehabilitation Unit in Cappagh Hospital following an accident where I broke my ankle. I was in the ARU for 7 months. I had surgery and a personalised physiotherapy and occupational therapy plan which was vital to get me ready to return home. Throughout my stay, the care and attention I received was excellent and the entire team at the ARU work so well together. They ensure that every patient has the very best of treatment.” (Eithne, Dublin)
To ensure this development Cappagh Hospital Foundation needs to raise €200,000 this year and needs the public’s support with fundraising events like the ‘Camino for Cappagh’ walk to make it happen. Anyone interested in participating in the Camino walk to raise funds for Cappagh Hospital Foundation should contact Mark O’Doherty on (01) 834 0325 or email [email protected] for more details.
Pictured (Left to Right): CaminoWays.com sales director Jeremy Perrin; Francis Brennan and Mark O’Doherty from Cappagh Hospital Foundation.
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