Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital new partner charity
Sligo Rovers can confirm that the Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital will be our partner charity for the 2014 season.
The partnership will begin immediately and was launched today as club officials, manager Ian Baraclough and assistant Gary Stevens visited Sligo Regional Hospital along with representatives of FOSRH.
The charity benefits a catchment population comprising of Sligo town and county, South Donegal and Leitrim, areas home to thousands of Sligo Rovers supporters.
Sligo Rovers chairman Dermot Kelly said today: “It is with great pleasure we can announce details of our new partnership with the Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital.
“Last year our association with the MS Therapy Centre directly raised over €4,200 thanks to the generosity of supporters and stakeholders at Sligo Rovers.
“Just as importantly, the profile of the charity also received a significant boost for their vital and sometimes unheralded contribution in the area.
“We hope to have an even bigger impact with the hospital group. Their target of ensuring that Sligo Regional Hospital can be as best-equipped as possible for the community is admirable and one we feel is key to our locality.
“Over the coming year Sligo Rovers will assist their work, publicise their fundraising events and be present to make as much a difference as we can.”
Gerry McManus, chairperson of Sligo Regional Hospital, said: "The Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital wholeheartedly appreciate and welcome this relationship with Sligo Rovers.
"We aim to raise the profile of the Hospital’s services and also provide medical equipment, facilities, services and patient comforts which would not otherwise be available from ordinary HSE funds.
“Monies raised by fundraising initiatives in the community are dedicated to those services in most need and yield the greatest benefits and the support of Sligo Rovers will be a major fillip to us.”
Rovers manager Ian Baraclough said: “We are privileged to support such a worthwhile charity in the greater Sligo community. Lending our support to the excellent work of the Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital will be something we will take great pride in over the course of the season.”
The registered charity was chosen from a high number of applicants and Sligo Rovers thank all charities that expressed interest in partnering the Bit o' Red.
For more info on the Friends of Sligo Regional visit http://friendsofsligohospital.ie/
Image courtesy of Philip McCaffrey of The Sligo Champion