“When I grow up...” 2014 YEARLY CALENDAR
Coombe celebrity mum-of-two Pamela Flood, who gave birth to her second child at the hospital less than four weeks ago, put her maternity leave on hold to help Friends of The Coombe launch its 2014 charity calendar. The calendar aims to raise more than €20,000 for the charity which works tirelessly to generate funding for projects right across the hospital including the provision of support for some Ireland’s most premature babies and their parents.
The heart-warming calendar tells the story of 20 children from across Ireland who were born at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital and who between them spent a combined 40 months being cared for in the hospital’s neonatal unit. They include five sets of twins and one set of triplets.
Speaking at the launch Pamela Flood said that as a recent new mum herself she can only imagine the rollercoaster of emotions felt by the parents of babies who arrive early and who need intensive care in the Coombe’s neonatal unit. “I consider myself so lucky to be the mother of two healthy children who were able to come home from hospital with me,” she said.
“It is an honour for me to be able to say thank-you to The Coombe by supporting their charity calendar. It must be the hardest thing in the world to have what should be one of the happiest moments for you and your family turn into one of the most worrying times with life literally hanging in the balance. Having spoken to parents whose children were born prematurely and who spent months in the Coombe’s neonatal unit, the thing that struck me most was their description of the care extended not just to their child, but to all of them as a family unit.
“This calendar is really a collection of miraculous stories. Here are children who were born too early or too unwell for their parents to think too far ahead who are now themselves thinking about what they would like to be when they grow up.”
The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital is one of the busiest and largest providers of women and infants’ healthcare in Europe and is a national referral hospital.
The hospital’s Master, Dr Sharon Sheehan said that Excellence in the care of women and babies is the hospital’s mission and that Friends of the Coombe provides vital assistance in helping to deliver it. “We care for women and infants from right across the country, often for lengthy periods of time,” she said.
“As a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the hospital I have first-hand experience of how Friends of The Coombe has helped make a difference.
“The charity makes a massive contribution towards saving lives by funding new equipment and supporting ground-breaking research. The money for this simply would not be available elsewhere.”
The "When I grow up …" 2014 Calendar is available to purchase now for €10 including postage. Just click on the paypal link at bottom of this page. Alternatively you can pick up your copy from the main hospital reception or call 01 408 5539.