3 December 2015
By Elaine Murphy
The Marymount Hospice Ball, one of the highlights of Cork’s social calendar each year, had guests dancing the night away for a very worthy cause tonight at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island.
This is the ninth year of the Marymount Ball and, to date, the event has raised in excess of €800,000 towards funding and maintaining the ongoing work the hospice provides in palliative and respite care to the sick and elderly.
Year on year the Ball is a sell-out success, with no end in sight for the support and momentum behind this worthy charity event. The event gets bigger and better each year; and most importantly, so too does the generation of funds.
Martin Kelleher, Committee Chairperson of the Ball highlights the fact that it requires €2.2m each year to maintain the hospice services: “Marymount Hospice is renowned for its work with the elderly, but above all it stands out in people’s minds for the support and palliative care it provides for the sick and their families. There are so many families who will recall how Marymount and its nursing team helped them care for their loved ones. This is what drives us as a committee to ensure we raise funds to maintain this support and continues to drive the huge attendance levels each year by people who want to show their support and do their bit to help such a worthy cause.”
The ball, which is the first major Christmas event in Cork, continues to attract strong sponsorship from Cork companies Musgrave, Keanes Jewellers, Midleton Distillery and Heineken.