Almost €11,000 has been raised so far in a fundraiser for the intensive care unit at University Hospital Galway in memory of Galway woman Mary Kenny who passed away suddenly from a brain aneurysm in 2019.
In Mary’s memory, a group of close friends and family are doing a skydive on 7 August at the Irish Parachute Club in Offaly, with all funds raised going to the critical care unit at UHG.
The pandemic meant that they were unable to organise a fundraiser earlier, but now with the easing of restrictions they are able to give back to the amazing team at UHG.
In the official GoFundMe campaign (which can be found by clicking here) Mary’s sister Isabelle said that her untimely passing continues to be heartbreaking for all of her family and friends.
She said that Mary was a special person in so many ways, but above all she was a wonderful mother to Isabelle, a loving wife to John and an incredible sister and friend.
“Mary had an infectious smile that lit up every room, she had a brilliant sense of humour and her warm, kind-hearted nature brought her friends from far and wide,” Isabelle writes on the fundraising page.
“There was never a dull moment or a day without laughter spent with Mary. We are privileged to have had Mary in our lives for the time that we did and hold onto the memories that we shared together.”
Isabelle says that Mary always had a twinkle in her eye and loved nothing more than to be surrounded with family and friends, and that she remains forever in their hearts.
And she says that the doctors and nurses who cared for Mary in her final days showed true care and compassion, and they are forever indebted to them for this.
“The medical team supported us to make the final decision to entrust Mary to the angels and in doing so to make the decision to donate Marys organs saving three people’s lives across Ireland,” she writes.
“Throughout her life, Mary was always a very giving person and we know that this would have been her wish and are proud that we found the strength to take this step for her in her final hours.
“To this dedicated, professional, supportive and compassionate team – from our family to yours we say a heartfelt thank you.”
All donations will go directly to helping patients in the ICU at UHG.
To visit the fundraising page where you can donate, click here.