A safe haven for West Cork families

Posted on: 1st December, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Bru Columbanus provides ‘home from home’ accommodation to the relatives of seriously ill patients, especially relatives of sick children, in any of the Cork hospitals or hospice. Relying totally on donations and fundraising initiatives to cover the running costs of the home, any assistance given to this charity is greatly appreciated.

A family’s first concern is for the health of their loved ones but consideration has also got to be given to the practicalities of their time away from home — where to stay and in particular how that stay is financed are worries that can be alleviated from families accommodated in Brú Columbanus. Since it’s establishment in 2005, the charity has helped a huge number of people through an emotional and difficult time, including many families from West Cork.

Currently accommodated at Bru, Cathy Sullivan from Bantry has stayed there on a number of occasions over the past four years, since her husband was diagnosed with bowel cancer. In the second year of her husband’s treatment, the nurses at the Mercy University Hospital referred Cathy to Bru. With both Cathy and her husband out of work due to the seriousness of his illness and living a long way from the hospital, Bru Columbanus provided a welcome support.

“It’s such a relief to have somewhere to stay without the worry of how to pay for it,” says Cathy, whose longest stay at Bru was three months.

“At the start of my husband’s illness, I remember a woman telling me that cancer will consume your entire life. To have a safe haven like Bru where you can have your own personal space when you need it or to be able to talk to other families going through the same ordeal is so amazing. You’ll never know when you might need a service like this and it’s such a comfort to know it’s there.”

Situated at Cardinal Way, Wilton, adjacent to Cork University Hospital and the Wilton shopping centre, Bru Columbanus provides 26 en-suite family rooms with a supporting kitchen and lounges. The families that stay in Brú Columbanus do so free of charge. Donations, sponsorship and fundraising events are vital to the continuity of this invaluable service. Donations can be made through the website www.brucolumbanus.com or by post to Bru Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton, Cork.

For more information on fundraising phone (021) 434 5754 or email info@brucolumbanus.com. Bru Columbanus Charity Christmas cards are now on sale, costing €5 a pack of six cards and €12 for three packs. You can also sponsor a light on the Bru Columbanus Christmas tree for just €10. Gift Vouchers are available.

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As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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