Mother's Day Fundraising Lunch for Neonatal Unit

Despite steady bookings, the much-publicised Mother’s Day Lunch at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork on 22 March, which was due to kickstart fundraising for a unique Neonatal Sanctum and Parents’ Room at Cork University Maternity Hospital, has been deferred to Sunday, 6 September next at the same venue.  Organised by volunteer Mary Hopkins, a Special Ambassador with CUH Charity, responsible citizenship, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, is cited as the reason for the deferral. 


CUH Charity is to hold a special Mother’s Day Lunch on Sunday, 22  March next month at Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork, to raise funds to provide a unique Neonatal Family Sanctum for mothers, babies and families at CUMH (Cork University Maternity Hospital). 

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Photo by Ger McCarthy

The Mother’s Day event promises to be a warm, fun event which celebrates women, motherhood and their pivotal role in all our lives.  The organisers are urging Cork people to come out in their numbers and make this a meaningful and memorable day.

The new Neonatal Family Sanctum will facilitate the best possible compassionate, holistic and supportive care for families and their babies during difficult times.  Just under 8,000 women delivered babies in the CUMH in 2019. The hospital’s Neonatal Unit (NNU) is a tertiary referral centre and is one of the busiest units in the country. Approximately 1 in 10 of all babies born in CUMH will require admission to the specialised Neonatal Unit.  This can be a very distressing time for parents, for example when babies are born very early, and their needs are very complex.

This is when clinical and technical care needs to be surpassed by compassionate, holistic and supportive care. To support this end, the Neonatal Unit wishes to build a multifaceted family sanctum to care for mothers, babies and their families.

The Neonatal Family Sanctum is to comprise of two key areas; a Neonatal Sanctum and a Parent’s Room located nearby.

Being able to step outside in a quiet dignified space, away from a clinical critical environment, is so important for families.  Sharing a small glimpse of nature with an ill or dying baby and seeing the blue sky in a place of quiet solace can be a great comfort during stressful times. The Parent’s Room in a separate private area nearby, will also provide a much-needed oasis of calm and support. Building these important places clearly demonstrates that care of new-borns and their families is at the very core of the service provided by Cork University Maternity Hospital.  We welcome support from the people of Cork to help bring this project to fruition” said Professor John R. Higgins, Clinical Director, Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate, who will address the attendees on the day.

Proceedings will be overseen by the dynamic TV Presenter & Reporter Sinead Kennedy, partnering with auctioneer Andy Moore to create a fun experience for all those in attendance.  With a prosecco reception, 3-course lunch, a Mother’s Gift, and an opportunity to bid or buy tickets for amazing prizes (flights to Paris, tickets to Live at The Marquee, luxury hotel breaks and other surprises), all donated by those who appreciate the excellent work of CUH Charity and the new project;  the Neonatal Family Sanctum & Parents room at CUMH.

Tickets for this event are available now on at €65 plus booking fee or through;                                                             ;


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