‘Strictly CUH’ raises a phenomenal €85,268 for Phase II of the new Children’s Unit at Cork University Hospital

Dr David Mullane, Gillian Kelleher, Dr Olivia O’Mahony and Marie Watson, Head of Nursing, CUH Children’s Unit join CUH staff and dancers at the handover of €85,268 to CUH Charity to support Phase II of the new Children’s Unit in CUH. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

THE Children’s Unit of Cork University Hospital and CUH Charity (the charitable arm of CUH) hosted a sell-out event at Cork Opera House which raised a phenomenal €85,268 for the refurbishment of the Children’s Unit at CUH.


Almost 100 CUH staff including CUH Staff Choir ‘Scrubs’ and over 50 dancers, across 27 Departments and medical specialisms throughout the hospital, performed dance routines from Salsa, Swing, Rumba, American Smooth, Bollywood Battle, Tango, Cha Cha, Mambo, Rock n’ Roll, Charleston and Waltzs!


The dancers included staff from the Children’s Unit, Emergency Services, Microbiology, Cardiac & Renal, Physiotherapy, CUH Maternity Hospital, Biomedical, Pharmacy, Pathology, Cancer Services, Labs, to name but a few and represent large sections of the 4,000 CUH employees across nursing, consultancy, midwifery, care staff, support services, catering, security, administration and maintenance.


Head of Nursing in the Children’s Unit, Marie Watson said ‘This single event has raised over €85,000 towards the amazing work of our Unit. Dancers spent two months training and rehearsing and called on friends, colleagues, friends, suppliers and companies to secure donations and sponsorship and I cannot praise my colleagues and staff throughout the hospital enough for their fantastic efforts’.

‘These funds will go towards supporting In-Patient facilities and purchasing equipment and services as part of Phase II of the building work, to create a new state-of-the-art Children’s Unit. When complete the entire new build will serve a population of 1.5 million people across the region. Our new Unit will be the largest Children’s Unit outside Dublin’.


Miriam Forde, Head of CUH Charity said ‘We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and goodwill of all the staff right across the hospital who performed, bought tickets, sang, volunteered and came behind the event in every possible way. We cannot thank everyone involved enough!’.