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NISIG is one of a number of Cork charities to benefit from a fund of €140,000 donated by the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF).

Thirty Irish charities benefitted from the money distributed by the organisation at a special reception hosted at University College Cork on Thursday.

The event was hosted by UCC in the Aula Maxima in the presence of the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill, and special guest, former rugby star Marcus Horan.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many wide-ranging charities in Munster, many of which are less well-known,” said Paul Jackson, chief executive of the HSF.

“The HSF is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do in making such a huge and positive difference to people’s lives.” 

The reception also celebrated HSF health plan, a type of medical insurance product, and its 70th Anniversary of working in Ireland. “Since 1949 we have been helping families and individuals in Ireland with the cost of their everyday medical bills,” Mr Jackson said. “With all of our profits going to our parent charity, everyone who takes out a policy with us is really helping to make a difference to their local community”.

In 2019 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €1.7 million to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across Ireland and the UK. Assistance will also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties.