Tulsk Christmas Fair on Sunday in aid of Cancer Care West

The Tulsk Christmas Fair is now in its 4th year and has been going from strength to strength. This year there will be over 30 stalls which range from TY Enterprise students to art, cakes, woodwork, and of course a visit from Mrs. Claus who will take your letters directly to Santa.

  This year’s event will take place in the Tulsk Inn Country Ballroom on Sunday, 13th December between 1 pm and 6 pm.

  This year’s charity is Cancer Care West, which provides support to cancer patients and their families from all over the West of Ireland. All of Cancer Care West’s services are provided at no cost to patients and they rely heavily on fundraising and donations to meet the cost of these services.

  One of these services is Inis Aoibhan, which is located on the grounds of University Hospital Galway and provides accommodation to patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment at UHG. Inis Aoibhan is a 33-bed residence, which provides a “home away from home” for patients. The Lodge, as it is affectionately known, opened in March 2007 and consistently operates at maximum capacity. There is no cost to patients or their families and, since opening, over 2000 patients from all over the west have stayed for an average of 6/7 weeks.  Pam Stocker who is PRO/stallholder liaison for Tulsk Christmas Fair was diagnosed with cancer in March of this year and was provided with care at the UHG facility: “My medical team referred me immediately to Inis Aoibhan, but in those first few days I had no idea how important this wonderful facility would become to me. I started my treatment in May, which included chemotherapy tablets and radiotherapy from Monday to Friday for 7 weeks.

  “I was incredibly lucky to get a room at Inis Aoibhan in the first week! Staying at The Lodge meant I could walk to and from treatment, rest when I needed to, talk to nursing staff or other patients who understood exactly how I was feeling, and get a breakfast and evening meal handed to me. Going home every Friday to be with my family was wonderful and returning on Monday to The Lodge was comforting, too, in it’s own way.”

  In the end, the decision to have Cancer Care West as this year’s charity at the Tulsk Christmas Fair was a unanimous one and it’s hoped that this year will be the most successful year to date.