Staff at accountancy firm PwC have donated almost €7,000 to The National Burns Unit at St. James’s Hospital. The National Burns Unit had been chosen in 2013 by PwC staff as one of the beneficiaries of their People Giving Scheme that facilitates monthly contributions to selected organisations via payroll. Alongside this, they arranged an ice-cream day to motivate additional donations and the generous staff also donated a free ad in Metro Herald that they had won in a tag rugby competition (talented lot!). This donation has been a stroke of good fortune for The National Burns Unit whose staff aims to raise €500,000 over the next two to three years to provide new equipment and infrastructural changes that will directly improve their care for patients.
Odhran Shelley, the Director of The National Burns Unit, dropped in to Spencer Dock for the ice cream day; he became director of the unit in 2011 and he and his colleagues have a vision to develop the unit to directly improve care for burn injured patients – recognising the need to rehabilitate and reintegrate patients treated, and the need to provide care in an environment which facilitates the role played by relatives and carers in this process, and which engages and enhances this interaction and support. For more information about the development project, please click here.
With the closure of Dr Steevens’ Hospital in 1989, the burns speciality was transferred to St. James’s Hospital, and The National Burns Unit was established in 1991 to cater to burn-injured patients from all over Ireland. The unit now provides specialist multi disciplinary care for the more than 200 severely burned patients who present each year.
Evelyn Kelly (left) Head of Corporate Responsibility at PwC and Lisa Conlan PwC Tax Department with Odhran Shelley Director of The National Burns Unit