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Recipients Of €40k Thermo Fisher Scientific Community Partnership Grant Announced

Recipients included were from Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Shanbally, Ringaskiddy, Ballygarvan, Monsktown & further afield.

Global life sciences company Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced the recipients of its €40,000 Community Partnership Grant, with charities and community groups in Cork's Lower Harbour and beyond sharing the fund. Now in its third year, among the deserving local groups are Irish Community Air Ambulance, Down Syndrome Centre Cork, and UCC's WiSTEM Society.

Part of the company's Making a Difference initiative, Thermo Fisher opened the €40,000 fund to local groups who make their communities healthier, cleaner, and safer.

Speaking on the announcement, Caroline Barry, Operational Excellence Lead at Thermo Fisher's campus in Currabinny said: "For the third year running, we have been blown away by the generosity, passion and strong sense of community in the Lower Harbour, and we are proud to support them through this funding.

"This year's inspiring recipients for our €40,000 Community Partnership Grant share our mission to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. From Tidy Towns groups keeping their local areas clean to charities and groups providing vital services to enhance the health and well-being across all sectors of society, we are heartened by the knowledge that this year's grant will be put to use by a myriad of worthy, inspiring causes."

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Commenting on what the funding means to the organisation, Irish Community Air Ambulance CEO Micheál Sheridan said: "We are a completely charity-run organisation, so funding like the Thermo Fisher Community Partnership Grant is vital to maintaining our core services.

"This money will be directed to help the running of our Air Ambulance, which responds to over 500 emergency calls a year and costs up to €1.5million a year to run. We also currently have a team of eight Emergency Medical Responders, on-the-ground Volunteer Doctors who respond to an average of 600 emergency calls in rural and hard-to-reach communities across the country each year. With funding we are able to provide them with specialised vehicles and medical equipment to be able to respond in local communities. This year we have seen a 70% increase in fuel costs for our helicopter and increased pressure on emergency services nationwide has increased demands on our services, so it is more important than ever that we have the funds we need to ensure people in distress get the help they need, when they need it."

The Community Partnership Grant will support a diverse group of educational initiatives and schools - Sonas Special Junior Primary School; Carrigaline Educate Together National School; St. Marys Special School; School of Divine Child, Lavanagh Centre; Adventum Racing F1 in Schools Team at St. Colman's College; and Octane Racing.

Sports groups such as Carrigaline Badminton JR Academy; Carrigaline Tennis Club; and the 55th Cork Carrigaline Scout Group will also receive funding. Ringaskiddy Tidy Towns; Shanbally Tidy Towns; and Crosshaven Tidy Towns and Development Committee will also receive funds to support their community efforts. Funding has also been awarded to Covers of Comfort; Hope Foundation; St Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference, Monkstown; Cope Foundation; Cork Deaf Association; Ringaskiddy Active Retired; Homeless Drive; Jack and Jill Children's Foundation; Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism; and Cork Stroke Support.

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