On Friday morning last the young students of South Abbey NS gathered in the Hall for their usual Friday morning Assembly. This one, however, was extra special as they were presenting a cheque for POONS – the Childrens Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service in the Mercy Hospital. Staffed by full time Nurses, this is the only one of its kind in all of Ireland, which allows for children who are suffering with cancer to be treated in their own homes where they have access to the best care, facilities and support.
The money was raised by the students during the Hallowe’en holiday when they came to school dressed in every kind of spooky outfit, each bringing with them a donation for children who have cancer.
Pat Carey is well known in the Youghal and surrounding areas, particularly for the huge amount of monies which he and his family have raised over many years for the Mercy Hospital Cancer Unit. His Christmas Lights display at his home draws huge crowds every year, and all donations are given to the Cancer Unit. It was fitting, then, that Pat was invited along to South Abbey NS to accept the cheque from young students, Zacharia and Julia, accompanied by Principal Mr John Smith, on behalf of the pupils, for the Mercy Hospital POONS Programme. It was with great pride and to huge applause that they handed the cheque to Pat, who sincerely thanked all the young pupils. He told them that their generous donations would be hugely appreciated by all involved with this wonderful Children’s Charity, which enables sick children to stay at home with their Mams and Dads, brothers and sisters, and still receive the best possible treatment.
Well done to all the young, caring students of South Abbey NS for their kindness and concern for children with cancer, and for helping to make life better for them.