Team Shivy raise €19,203 for Cardiothoracic Dept | St. James's Hospital Foundation Team Shivy raise €19,203 for Cardiothoracic Dept | St. James's Hospital Foundation

Team Shivy raise €19,203 for Cardiothoracic Dept

Huge thanks to the incredible “Team Shivy” who joined us recently to present a cheque for €19,203 to our Cardiothoracic Dept here at St. James’s Hospital Dublin. The team took part in this year’s Liberties Fun Run to raise funds in memory of Siobhan (Shivy) Kehir.


Mark Kehir tells us his heartbreaking story about how their fundraising came about…


”We were delighted to contribute anything we could to the Cardiothoracic Dept. in St. James’s Hospital. My wife Siobhán (Shivy), passed away from lung cancer in August 2018, following a year long battle. Shivy was only 31 when she passed away, her personality, energy and mental strength impacted on all around her in the hospital throughout that year. She was one of a kind. We got engaged a number of weeks before her diagnosis with lung cancer. Despite this, we planned for our wedding day with the same excitement. As the year progressed, Shivy’s health deteriorated, meaning that she was in full-time care of the hospital prior to our wedding in July 2018. Without the cardiothoracic team we would not have been able to celebrate our day together. Three of the cardiothoracic nurses Mella, Niamh & Emer volunteered their time to travel to Doolin, Co. Clare and attend to Shivy’s portable chest drain or any other issues should they arise. Without their dogged determination to help us have our day, the wedding wouldn’t have happened at all. For that I am eternally grateful as it was incredibly special to us, our families & friends. Two weeks after getting married Shivy passed away. The money that has been raised will go towards a team that go far beyond the call of duty to help their patients. Their professionalism and dedication to keep improving means that the funds raised will benefit future patients lives. The reaction to our fundraising efforts was huge and to everyone who contributed we say a big thank you!”