Monday, May 04, 2020

More than 65 Mayo physios and their families have raised over €60,000 and counting for Mayo University Hospital following an incredible Mayo Day challenge.

Margaret Fitzgibbon, Jarlath McHale, and Zeus the dog, pictured at Lough Lannagh having completed a challenge for the Physios Fight Covid-19 campaign.

Physiotherapists both at home and abroad racked up more than 1,100km by completing a range of physical challenges on Saturday. Participants got active in their own back gardens, on treadmills, stationary bikes and within a 2km radius of their homes.

“The campaign was set up to promote physical activity and get Mayo moving, unite Mayo people at home and abroad and to raise funds for the patient comfort and care fund in Mayo University Hospital,” said one of the organisers, Castlebar physio, Aileen Shaw.

“While it may be stressful to be a healthcare worker in this current situation the physiotherapists know that it is much more difficult to be a patient – suffering an illness, worrying about their health and future while being unable to see family or loved ones. The physiotherapists are skilled and trained to treat the effects of Covid- 19 on patients but it is the situation that makes it challenging. Physiotherapists and healthcare workers have had to look at new ways of working going forward. Traditionally we are able to use hospital gyms and share rehab equipment now there is a sudden increase in the need for single use rehabilitation equipment and equipment to help patients gain function after long periods of ventilation. The physiotherapists also want to invest in communicative equipment for therapy and so patients can contact families or loved ones while in isolation or at end of life care,” added Aileen.

The physios would like to thank everyone who got involved.

“The feeling of community and positivity was palpable throughout mayo over the Mayo Day weekend,” said Aileen.

To donate to the campaign go to: https://ie.gofundme.com/f/physios-fighting-covid

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