In 1967, the Master, Dr. Edwin Lillie, brought to the Board, with the approval of the medical staff of the Hospital, a proposal to form a body designated the Friends of the Rotunda Hospital. This Body would undertake the task of Fundraising, to provide new equipment and furnishing for the Hospital and better conditions for Patients, particularly where the State was unable to meet such costs.
Subsequently, the Friends of the Rotunda was formally established in 1971 followed by its incorporation as a Limited Company, on the 23rd March 1973.
The Friends is the official fundraising arm and registered Charity (CHY20091) of the Rotunda Hospital and is regulated by a Memorandum and Articles of Association under the Companies Act of 1963.
Café Rotunda (above) is located within the reception area of the Rotunda Hospital and is managed by Mr. Noel Dunne (above right). Annual Shop Rental is used to fund the administration and operational expenses of the Friends of the Rotunda Charity.
The Friends of the Rotunda offers two types of Membership Subscriptions; Individual and Corporate and currently has over 1,500 registered Members throughout Ireland and Great Britain.
Income generated through annual subscription enables the Friends to meet the ever increasing cost of funding Rotunda Research and assists to expand their regular financial commitments to the Rotunda Hospital.
As a Member of the Friends of the Rotunda, you will receive:
• An electronic version of the Friends’ Newsletter
• Information on our Fundraising Events & Activities
• 25% Discount on Reservations for the hire of the Pillar Room Complex,
The Friends’ Council comprises of a group of Voluntary Members who offer their time and professional expertise to benefit the development and future direction of the Friends’ Organisation. Representatives from the Hospital’s Management Team also attend meetings to enhance closer communication between the two bodies.
The overall management of the affairs of the Association is managed by Sheila Thompson, Marketing Manager.
The Council meets quarterly to discuss matters relating to Policy, Finance and the Governance of the Organisation. Elected members of the Council hold the offices of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.