Bluebird Care to Take to the Skies in aid of Children’s Cancer Charity

The team at Bluebird Care would like to wish Gary Corless the very best of luck ahead of his dizzying challenge tomorrow in aid of Hand in Hand, the children’s cancer charity supporting many families throughout the West of Ireland.

Gary, husband of Carolyn Corless, Care Manager with Bluebird Care Galway, is all geared up to rise to the challenge, experience the elements and defy gravity, to raise vital funds for the very worthy work of Hand in Hand.

Sean Lyons, Director of Bluebird Care Galway says “Well done to Gary who quite literally jumped at the opportunity to help in making difference to the lives of sick children and their families throughout the West of Ireland. We wish you the very best of luck”

Hand in Hand, is a unique charity in that it is the only organisation in Ireland that supports children and their families throughout the process of cancer treatment, which for many children will, unfortunately, extend to years.

Hand in Hand offers help to the families of children with cancer in the West of Ireland who have the added stress of travelling long distances to Dublin for their primary care and treatment. In most cases there are other siblings to care for while the parents travel to Dublin for treatment. Hand in Hand helps to keep some sense of normality for the remainder of the family back home in order to minimise the impact that both the diagnosis and frequent long distance travel for treatment have on family life.

The charity engages local professional service suppliers to provide the following support to all families in the West of Ireland during and immediately after their child’s cancer treatment: support with childcare; domestic cleaning service; household laundry and family meals.

By availing of such services, families find they have more precious time to care for their children. Bluebird Care provides all types of care at home and in the community including child care and work closely as one of the primary providers of child care to the families Hand in Hand support throughout the West of Ireland.

The charity receives no state funding and so is reliant on donations and fundraising events.

For more information logon to: www.handinhand.ie

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Team Ireland Paralympics

The very best of luck to the 2012 Irish Paralympic Team who have set off this week across the sea to embark on the once-in-a-lifetime “Home Games” of London 2012.

The team will comprise of 49 athletes across 10 sports including Athletics, Boccia, Cycling, Equestrian, Powerlifting, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming and Table Tennis. Ireland’s current Paralympic stars including Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop, Mark Rohan, Colin Lynch, Catherine Walsh and Catherine O’Neill will aim to add London gold to their world or Paralympic titles.

The overall team size will be boosted to around 95 by a highly dedicated and professional team of staff across a variety of roles including Chef de Mission, Performance Director, Team Managers, coaches, sport science/medical and personal care support. The goal is to achieve at least five medals (three gold) for Ireland and a top-30 placing in the final table.

For more on the Team Ireland see: http://www.paralympics.ie/london-2012/2012-irish-paralympic-team/

Cuba Cycle Challenge

Gavin Kane, Director of Bluebird Care Meath will be mounting his bike and taking on the Cuba Cycle Challenge 2012 November 12th to 20th to raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Gavin who is currently training ahead of his 4 day cycling challenge distancing 260km over an undulating terrain, says, “I love a good challenge and when it benefits a good cause I am even more driven. The training is intensive but I am gearing up and looking forward to the experience and I hope to raise as much money as possible for the very worthy work of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland along my journey”

Over the past two years the Cuba Challenge cyclists have raised over €170,000 for families in Ireland struggling to cope with the devastating condition of Alzheimer’s disease. By supporting this cause you too can help these families to obtain the services that they so urgently need.

For more information or to donate now logon to: http://www.alzheimer.ie/eng/Fundraising/Fundraising-Events-Campaigns/Cuba-Cycle-Challenge-2012

New Care Manager Appointed To Bluebird Care Meath

We are delighted to announce the new Care Manager in Bluebird Care Meath.

Margaret Cartwright MA , BA,  has worked in the areas of Physical and sensory disabilities, Community Care, Pastoral Care, Education and Community development, bringing an wealth of knowledge and experience to this key role. Margaret holds a Masters in both Leadership and Supervisory Practice. Her other qualifications include a BA in Theology and Philosophy and a BA in Community Development. Margaret is also a member of the interview panel for the Accreditation of Healthcare Chaplin’s in Ireland, a full member of the Supervisors association of Ireland (S.A.I) and the National Association of Healthcare Chaplaincy (N.A.H.C.)

Previous to joining the Bluebird Care Team, Margaret was Director of Services at L’Arche Community, providing residential care for people with Physical and Intellectual disabilities. She was instrumental in the setting up of community based independent living for individuals with disabilities. She has worked extensively with HSE  colleagues  and has compiled policies and procedures in adherence with HIQA standards  to ensure compliance with regulation. Margaret’s previous positions include eight years at Mount Carmel Hospital Margaret as Care Co Ordinator and as Director of Field Placements at All Hallows College.

Margaret  has vast experience in the management field. In her new role Margaret will primarily be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, the management of care workers and liaising with customers. Bluebird Care Meath Director, J.J. Fay , “Margaret joins a highly experienced team who are committed to the highest standards in the delivery of care. We are delighted that she has joined us and wish her every success in this integral role”