The CUH Charity was established early in 2012 with the aim of fundraising to provide a wide range of life changing and life-saving equipment and services for patients attending Cork University Hospital.
Cork University Hospital (CUH) is the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and is the only Level 1 Trauma Centre in the country due to the presence of over 40 different medical and surgical specialities on the campus including cancer services, cardiac services, neuroscience, renal medicine and obstetrics.
Covering a regional area of 1 million people, Cork University Hospital is the biggest and one of the busiest hospitals in the country. We cover Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Clare and Kilkenny, with an ever growing population needing our help and services at the hospital. To fund this demand, the Cork University Hospital Charity was formed.
Ireland has the highest rate of Spina Bifida in the world!.... Are you serious? Yes, we are…
Even in America, the highest rate of Spina Bifida occurs amongst those of Celtic descent. Literally meaning "split spine", it is a birth defect involving the spine and nervous system, often resulting in paralysis of the legs, and affecting most bodily functions. Hydrocephalus, known as water on the brain, means that there is a blockage of the flow of fluid around the brain, requiring a valve to be inserted into the head. 85% of those with Spina Bifida also have Hydrocephalus.
Our Association, formed in 1968, provides a multitude of services, free of charge, to over 100 members and their parents/carers in Limerick, Clare, and Northern Tipperary. We offer physiotherapy, orthotics, counselling, special equipment, computer classes, cookery, leadership/self awareness development, parental support, social activities, confidence building, respite, wheelchair sports, and much more. As we are a regional charity, less than 30% funded, we must rely heavily on fundraising to continue to provide services. Every cent raised stays local.
Our aim is to promote individual choice, control, and quality of life. We choose to focus on our members abilities and strengths, and strive to breakdown all barriers. Proof that sport has, indeed, no barriers has been reaffirmed as our Wheels in Motion sports teams have won national victories in hurling, boccia, basketball, athletics...and RUGBY!
We are honoured to be selected by Munster Rugby as one of their Charities of the Year and want to extend a HUGE thanks to them...and to you, for helping us to level the playing field and give everyone, regardless of ability, a sporting chance.