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Largest ever fundraising target sought for Irish hospital

Largest ever fundraising target sought for Irish hospital

The proposed new National Paediatric Hospital (NPH) in Dublin will need to raise €200 million from voluntary sources, according to reports in the Sunday Business Post.

The NPH has not revealed whether it has yet raised any of the €200 million required. A €200 million campaign would be the largest ever undertaken in outside the education field.

At €650 million, it is one of the most significant capital projects for Ireland’s health service to date. However, many medical professionals have “serious concerns” about the new site’s space constraints and the capital deficit that needs to be met by the €200 million fundraising target.

The Post says that the NPH is seeking over €130 million from the National Lottery and around €17 million in from the capital’s universities, in addition to €23 million from research bodies including the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation, the fundraising umbrella for both Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and the research centre.

‘”That raises major issues about donor intent,” one hospital consultant at Crumlin hospital told the Post.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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