Irish naval squad to take part in loaded march to raise funds for neonatal facility in Cork 3 months ago

Irish naval squad to take part in loaded march to raise funds for neonatal facility in Cork

The event takes place this weekend for a very worthy cause.

Members of the Naval Service in Ireland will take part in a loaded march this Saturday (18 May) to raise funds towards the building of a neonatul sanctum at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

As the name suggests, a loaded march isn’t exactly a walk in the park and on Saturday, the 42nd potential NCOs course (pictured above) will march in formation with weighted packs on their backs for a distance of 30 kilometres.

The march will start at Haulbowline naval base and finish in Whitegate and has been organised in association with Cork University Hospital Charity to raise funds towards the building of a postnatal sanctum at Cork University Hospital.

The Neonatal Unit (NNU) at Cork University Hospital is one of the busiest units in the country, catering for approximately 8,000 births each year, and the sanctum will provide a place for parents of stillborn babies or babies with a serious birth defect to spend some time with their child in a peaceful environment before saying goodbye.

The sanctum is designed to provide comfort and moral support for grieving parents and the 42nd potential NCOs course are asking people to donate to the cause via a GoFundMe page here.

More information about the Cork University Hospital Charity is available here.