Coronavirus: Newtownabbey charity shows support for health workers

Medical staff at hospitals across Co Antrim have received a token of appreciation from a charity, founded in Whiteabbey, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 10:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 11:32 am

Representatives from the Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation attended Antrim Area Hospital, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday to present gifts to health professionals and ill children.

The chairty, established by Gerald Degnan and his late father John in memory of Gerald’s mother Eilish, sends children with cancer and other life limiting illnesses and their families to special shows, concerts and nights out.

Commenting on Monday’s kindhearted effort, Gerald, said: “Over the last 10 years, the Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation has been supporting children at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

The charity presented Easter eggs to medical staff at hospitals.

“Every Easter the foundation donates over 1.000 Easter eggs and other items to the children’s hospital and their families, however this year is very different.

“The foundation has received a fantastic response to its Easter project where we give the Easter eggs out to the children and their families in the hospital and we now have to hold back this special delivery, but that didn’t stop there.

“Today, under strict guidelines, the foundation was able to hand over dozens of children’s books and other activities. That didn’t stop there as medical staff and ambulance staff at Antrim Area Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital and staff at the children’s hospital received a small thank you for everything that thay are doing for everyone.”

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