Friends of Naas Hospital celebrate 25 years

Standing, Shiela O'Connor, Mary Byrne, Celine Broughall, Olive Craig, Catherine Hughes, Ger Hogan, Bernie Jackson. Seated from left, Helen Buckley, Stella Kavanagh, Joan Quinn, Georgina Clince, pictured at their 25th Anniversary gathering.Photo Tony Keane.
The Friends of Naas Hospital group recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a reception at the hospital.

The Friends of Naas Hospital group recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a reception at the hospital.

The group was set up as a fundraising committee in 1988, and over the years it has raised some 800,000 towards equipment enhancing patient care.

Funds raised have bought medical equipment, helped set up a service for oncology patients and raised money for the stroke rehabilitation service.

The group has also contributed to patient comfort at the hospital, through its library service amongst other things.

Over the years various local groups have been involved in fashion shows, concerts, sports events, quizzes and dances to raise money for the Friends.

These include JF Dunne Insurance, The Lions Club, Naas Musical Society, The I.F.A. Bord Bia, Kare, The Vintners Association, Naas Cycle Club The Soroptimists and the Kildare GP Faculty, Nas Na Ri Singers, The Curragh Local History Group, Kildare Hunt Club and Macra Na Feirme, plus individuals.

The recent gathering was attended by founder and current members of the group, plus those who have fundraised for it over the last quarter-century.

Its latest initiative is the ‘Food for Friends’ cookery book, consisting of recipes from staff, friends and family members. It costs €10 and will go on sale next Monday, December 9, at the hospital and in the Naas Parish Office.