A CORK-based volunteer group that provides temporary accommodation to relatives of critically ill hospital patients won the Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Award.
Brú Columbanus provides free accommodation for families, especially those with children of seriously ill long-term parents and patients at one of Cork City’s hospitals or hospices, and offers people the opportunity to meet and share their support with others who are going through similar experiences.
Cork International Hotel General Manager Carmel Lonergan, who was on the jury, said Brú Columbanus was recognized for the many volunteers who helped make it so successful today.
“If it weren’t for those who are willing to give their time, for free, they wouldn’t be able to provide the services they do,” Ms. Lonergan said.
“I would like to wish them the best for the future and say a big thank you for their incredible work,” she said.
Brú Columbanus is a small, independent, charitable organization of 50 volunteers, dependent on donations and fundraising.
Since it opened in 2005, Brú Columbanus has hosted 9,000 families free of charge, so they can stay together during what often difficult times.
Congratulating Brú Columbanus, Cork Mayor Colm Kelleher: “Brú Columbanus is a very special place which provides a calm, caring and supportive environment for those in need.
“This very precious charity is more than just a house or a facility, it is a home for the many families who stay here. Congratulations to everyone at Brú Columbanus.
Anne Maria O’Connor, of Brú Columbanus, said: “Every day, families arrive in hospitals far from home with a relative in need of urgent medical care.
“The staff and volunteers aim to ease the burden on families in difficult times by providing them with practical and emotional support. Despite the challenges faced by Covid-19, we continue to provide this invaluable service. “
The awards cover a large geographic area in South Cork, stretching from Rochestown, Douglas and Togher to Kinsale, Crosshaven and Passage West.
The jury is a mix of representatives from the public and private sectors of the community.
Nominations for next year’s awards are open by visiting https://tinyurl.com/4wbmpw7e