OPTUM UNITEDHEALTH GROUP STAFF PRESENT €10K XMAS CHEQUES TO LOCAL CHARITIES

first_imgL-R Alastair McKinney, Donegal Branch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Pat Carlin, Foyle Search & Rescue, Paul Duddy, UnitedHealth Group, Deirdre Trearty, Donegal Hospice, Collette Ferguson, Simon Community North West pictured with the Optum’s Employee Engagement Team.UnitedHealth Group staff have presented cheques totalling €10,000 to four local charities, the proceeds of a ‘Love to Give’ employee giving campaign.The four charities, Donegal Hospice, Simon Community North West, Donegal Branch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Foyle Search and Rescue will each receive €2,500.Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, employs 650 people in Letterkenny. Employees hosted a number of internal events and activities helping to raise €5,000 for the charities – which the company has matched. Paul Duddy, human capital partner at Optum’s Letterkenny facilty said: “Optum’s employees are pleased they had an opportunity to help raise funds and play a small part in helping these charities serve the needs of the local community.”The charities will each receive €2,500, which will be used to support the following activities:* The Alzheimer Society, Donegal Branch – providing respite hoursAlastair McKinney, Donegal Branch Chairperson of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland says, “The money so kindly given by UnitedHealth Group employees will fund 125 hours of respite care – helping a family to keep their loved one living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia at home for six months. It will form part of the 60,000 hours of care, which we hope to provide again next year – helping about 200 of the 2,000 families affected by the illness in the county. Enabling families to care for their loved one at home provides the most beneficial setting for a person with the illness – familiar surroundings with those who know them best.”* Donegal Hospice – providing palliative care at homeIsobell Doherty is Administrator at Donegal Hospice and reminds us how valuable their Hospice and homecare services are to the people of Donegal.“These funds raised by Optum employees will help provide much-needed palliative care services to the terminally-ill throughout county Donegal. It will also enable us to provide quality homecare equipment and night-nursing to comfort patients in their own homes.” * Simon Community North West – helping the homelessCollette Ferguson, Donegal Development Officer with Simon Community North West said that 2016 may prove to be the most challenging year to date for the charity as homelessness figures continue to rise.‘The North West Simon Community actively works to prevent vulnerable people and families becoming homeless. The money donated by Optum will help us to develop our Outreach Service across Donegal.“With the correct intervention at the correct time, and with the correct support, the Simon Community staff can support people in difficult situations and prevent another person becoming homeless. Our charity prevents 185 people a year throughout the North West from becoming homeless.”* Foyle Search and Rescue – helping to prevent suicide and saving livesPat Carlin is Education and Media Officer with Foyle Search and Rescue. Their work helps keep people alive and they are particularly busy at this time of year.Pat Carlin says, “We are grateful to businesses such as Optum and the general public, who donate 85 per cent of the costs needed for us to continue our life-saving work. The charity is currently taking on new volunteers for next year and Optum’s donation will go towards the £500 needed to equip and train them. ‘”Since the charity’s inception in 1993, we have helped prevent over 2,500 suicides, saved 300 lives but sadly recovered over 120 bodies. In 1993, over a period of 18 months, 28 people drowned; thanks to the work of this charity and your support, this was down to two in 2015.”OPTUM UNITEDHEALTH GROUP STAFF PRESENT €10K XMAS CHEQUES TO LOCAL CHARITIES was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Christmas givingUnited Health Grouplast_img read more

BRIAN’S INCREDIBLE ‘BUNDORAN IN THE FOAM’ PICTURES

first_imgBrian McDaid’s Bundoran foam picturePHOTOGRAPHER Brian McDaid loves getting out and about.So when a woman from Raphoe called him on Sunday afternoon to tell him he’d better get to Bundoran quickly, he wondered what all the fuss was about.Well here it is – a town covered in foam, sent crashing ashore in the storm. And what a stunning picture it is from Brian, who runs the Cristeph Gallery in Letterkenny. BRIAN’S INCREDIBLE ‘BUNDORAN IN THE FOAM’ PICTURES was last modified: January 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Biran McDaidCRISTEPH GALLERYletterkennylast_img read more