Staff from the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise recently handed over the tidy sum of €8,000 to St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin, raised through their annual charity cycle.
Though the hospital has been the beneficiary of the fundraising cycle in the past, this year the prison officers had a special reason for chosing it, as their late colleague, Tom Byrne had received treatment at the hospital during his battle with cancer.
His family recently presented the cheque for the proceeds to Deirdre Hughes, appeals director of The Friends of St Lukes, at the Midlands Prison.
“This money means a great deal to us. It goes towards finishing paying for the refurbishment of Oakland Lodge, a house in the grounds of the hospital where families of patients can stay during their treatment. In total it cost €1.5m to bring it up to new standards of infection control,” Ms Hughes explained to the Leinster Express.
The group of prison officers cycled 50km Portlaoise to Kilkenny last summer, where they were met by the City Mayor.
The cycle was organised by John Harrington, Bosco Bryan, Ciara McCarthy and Alan Wallace.
For more information, see www.friendsofstlukes.ie