THIRTY-ONE Irish and UK charities recently received donations from The Hospital Saturday Fund.

The reception took place at the Irish Embassy in London to celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Hospital Saturday Fund and was hosted by Ambassador Martin Fraser. The Hospital Saturday Fund donated a total of £160,000/€176,000 to 31 medical charities and organisations from Ireland and the UK during the event.

Saint John of God Foundation were among the beneficiaries will put HSF’s grant towards Dublin South East’s new Augmentative & Alternative Communications Lab for people with severe to profound intellectual disabilities.

The occasion was made even more special with the presence of Graham Norton, a celebrity supporter of Bantry Hospice, who presented the donations. Lesley Garrett, the Patron of The Hospital Saturday Fund, also participated in making the presentations to the recipient charities.


Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of The Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many charities in both Ireland and the UK, many of which are less well known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way with the exceptional, tireless work that they do. We are delighted to have increased our grant-making funds to £2.3/€2.5 million to over 600 charities in Ireland and the UK over the last 12 months.

This evening has been very special, as for the first time, we have been able to give grants to both Irish and British charities at the same reception and mark our commitment to supporting the communities in these countries for the past 150 years”.