The charity supports the ongoing education of haematology nurses by funding specialist courses and postgraduate degrees where other funding is not available and where the additional knowledge will directly improve the care of patients with blood disorders.
HERO has funded the specialised training of several nurses in the areas of blood cancers and clotting problems. Clotting problems and blood cancer often go together. HERO has also supported nurses to present their work at Haematology Scientific Conferences.
We support Biobanking of blood cancer samples as a means of accelerating research. We have done this by contributing support to the Blood Cancer Network Ireland (BCNI) Biobank (bloodcancers.ie).
We have a funding application process. Applications for smaller sums (less than €200) may be vetted and granted by two board members outside of board meetings. Applications for sums greater than €200 are considered during board meetings. Larger applications (for sums in excess of €10,000) are reviewed by an additional outside expert. This ensures that funds are allocated to provide maximum positive impact on care of patients with blood disorders. Expert review also serves to ensure that any proposed project is of a high standard academically and in line with or ahead of current advances in the proposed area of study.
If the board receives an application for funding that requires a descision before the next meeting, an early meeting may be called.
– Dr. Cleona Duggan (Secretary 2017-)
– Dr. Oonagh Gilligan,
-Ms Pam Brice
-Dr Maeve Crowley
– Ms Joan Burke
Prof Mary Cahill
Former board Members include
Dr Mary Cahill ( Secretary 2016/2017)
Dr Clodagh Ryan (Former Secetary)
Dr Joan Power
Mr Peter Franklin – retired 2016 and
Ms Eileen O’Riordan -retired treasurer 2016 and
Ms Maura Twohig retired 2015
HERO pays for secretarial, accounting and website services – see our annual audited accounts.