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As part of the annual West without Borders campaign, funds were raised in many ways, including a flagship annual cycling event at the local shopping mall, cake sales, a raffle, a soccer tournament and Ladies Mini Marathon sponsorship.
Since 2012, West's contract manufacturing team—formerly known as The Tech Group has raised an impressive €90,000 for the hospital. Team members’ support has funded the purchase of two new dialysis machines and three new patient dialysis chairs for the Renal Unit, as well as two patient monitors. The Renal Unit at Temple Street is close to West's contract manufacturing team’s heart, as it is where young Tadgh McElroy, son of contract manufacturing engineer Terry McElroy, received expert care.
“I’m proud to say I work for West. They have provided fantastic support to my family over the past four years,” said Terry. “My son Tadhg was born with chronic renal failure and recently received a kidney transplant donated by my amazing wife Clidhna. I’m thrilled to say Tadhg has thrived since being transplanted. The level of care that Temple Street can deliver is only possible through the generous support of people like my friends and colleagues at West.”
Temple Street, founded in 1872, is an acute pediatric hospital serving some of Ireland’s sickest children and providing a referral and care service on both a regional and national basis. Seven major specialities at Temple Street today include neonatal and paediatric surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopaedics, ENT and plastic surgery. Temple Street cares for 145,000 children per year.
“We are very grateful for the ongoing generosity that the West contract manufacturing team gives our special hospital,” said Helena Bibby, Corporate Development Manager, Temple Street Foundation. “Gifts such as these allow the renal department at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin to perform such miracles both pre- and post-transplant.”