Friday, November 20, 2020

Inspired by their visit to CHI at Crumlin last Christmas, stars of Irish racing have decided to continue their fundraising efforts this year in memory of their weigh-room colleague Pat Smullen. All funds raised will go to Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin to purchase a spinal cell saver auto transfusion device for the children’s hospital, CHI at Crumlin.

Limerick Jockey, Billy Lee. supporting Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin in memory of Pat Smullen.

Over the next few weeks, Jockeys and racing personalities will put the call out on social media, asking racing and sports fans for donations towards the essential blood transfusion equipment.

Donations can be made on:

In addition, a host of Irish racecourses around the country will name a race to promote the fundraising initiative – ‘Irish Racing Industry Fundraiser for Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin in memory of Pat Smullen’.

John Butler, Jockeys’ Sports Physiotherapist and Paul Quish, Racecourse Announcer, who spearheaded the campaign in 2019, both agreed: “Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, everyone in racing is more determined than ever to continue the much-needed fundraising for Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin. Our former colleague Pat Smullen was inspirational in his support for our project last year and we have dedicated this year’s effort to his memory. We are all focused on raising the funds to buy the spinal cell saver auto transfusion, an essential piece of equipment that CHI at Crumlin specifically identified to provide children all over Ireland with life-changing treatment. Any donations, big or small will be really appreciated.”

For more information contact: John Butler on 086 301 5043 or Paul Quish on 086 809 1691

Racecourses hosting ‘Irish Racing Industry Fundraiser for Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin in memory of Pat Smullen’ races:

Cork, Sunday November 22
Fairyhouse, Saturday November 28
Limerick, Tuesday December 1
Dundalk, Wednesday December 2
Clonmel, Thursday December 3
Dundalk, Friday December 4
Navan, Saturday December 5
Punchestown, Sunday December 6
Punchestown, Tuesday December 8
Fairyhouse, Saturday December 12

The Spinal cell saver auto-transfusion device is used in any surgical case with an expected blood loss of more than 7mls per KG (approx. 100 cases per annum). The blood lost during the surgical procedure is continuously collected in a pre-primed heparinised reservoir for the duration of the case. The end volume is passed through the devices centrifuge to remove waste and heparin. The final packed red blood cells (PRC) are then returned to the patient.
The cell saver device reduces the need for donor blood which improves the patient’s post-operative recovery and chances of infection from donor blood.

Children’s Health Ireland Crumlin, part of the Children’s Health Foundation family, is the new name for CMRF Crumlin – raising vital funds to support sick children and their families in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin (formerly Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin) – from funding vital life-saving equipment and providing essential patient and parental supports to making ground-breaking, paediatric research possible.
With the continued kindness and generosity of our supporters across Ireland and beyond, Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin we will continue our vital work in supporting the patients, families and staff in CHI at Crumlin.
If you would like to find out more about how you can support sick children and their families in CHI at Crumlin, simply visit or call 01 709 1700.

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