Fantastic local support for WHAT Spinathon

Waterford people braved all weathers to show their support for the fundraising Spinathon in aid of Waterford Healing Arts Trust on Friday 6 April.The event, which ran from 8am to 8pm, was an AIB Ardkeen initiative in partnership with Waterford Healing Arts Trust and was a huge success thanks to the tremendous support of all volunteer spinners, collectors, media and the wonderful generosity of the Waterford public.  All proceeds from the day will go to maintaining the arts programmes at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) which are organised and managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust.   WHAT Spinathon

Volunteer “Spinners” came from all walks of life within the Waterford community and included staff from AIB Ardkeen – Jacqui Hayes, Dan O’Sullivan, Thomas Coffey, Marie Kent, Tomas Furlong, Deirdre O’Connor, Kerry O’Brien, Barry Skelton, Leanne Quinlan, Andrew Briggs – led by Branch Manager Carol Normoyle, Keith and Jack Molloy of Molloy’s Butchers, Yvonne Nolke of Nolke Opticians, Ken Furlong from Island Lane, Michael Coleman from Faithlegg House Hotel, Dermot Crowley and Anne Meagher from Dermot Crowley Dental Surgery, Michael Tynan from Full o’Beans, Declan Dowling from Dowling’s Pharmacy, Nicola Dowling from Loko, Dr Denis Kennedy and Waterford Minor Hurler Tom Dalton.  Also spinning were RTE South-East Correspondent Damien Tiernan, WHAT volunteer Sarah Lee and artist Jane O’Brien Moran.  There was also a lively presence from the WHAT Fundraising Committee and WHAT Board, including Fundraising Chairperson Shirley O’Shea, Marian Walshe, Phyllis O’Shea, Margaret Breen, Catherine Whelan, Aidan Barrett, Mary Dorgan, Tom Cunningham, Catherine Drea, Joan Dalton and Carmel Ann Daly.  UHW staff also came on board with great gusto and included Donal O’Driscoll, Claire Tully, Martin Donnelly and Carmel Ann Daly.

Speaking on Friday after the Spinathon, Shirley O’Shea of the WHAT Fundraising Committee, said “We were absolutely thrilled with how today went.  Once again, the Waterford community showed their support for the work of Waterford Healing Arts Trust by their participation and generous donations.  We are very grateful to our partners AIB Ardkeen, the management and staff of Ardkeen Stores for hosting us and all the local people who gave so willingly of their time and energy today.”

Carol Normoyle, Branch Manager of AIB Ardkeen, added “We’re delighted with how today went.  We are very grateful to all the local businesses here in Ardkeen and further afield for joining us today with great enthusiasm and good spirit.  I’m particularly grateful to all our staff here at AIB Ardkeen for giving their time voluntarily and spinning and fundraising on behalf of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT).  Our team here greatly values the work of WHAT and we are proud to do all we can to support their very valuable arts programmes at University Hospital Waterford.

Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings.  These experiences include Healing Sounds, a live music programme on the wards and in the hospital foyer; the mobile Art Kart, which travels to many of the hospital wards; the Artist on Call service, responding to individual patient needs; the Arts Programme in the Renal Dialysis Unit; the Staff Art Wall and the extensive UHW Art Collection.  Through these programmes, Waterford Healing Arts Trust seeks to soften the clinical environment and alleviate stress and anxiety for patients, family members and staff.  The organisation also supports the development of arts and health throughout Ireland and manages the resource website

Photo: John Power