Aspire received €4,000 from The Hospital Saturday Fund Aspire was one of 29 recently. In total, €134,500 was donated to the medical charities and organisations at the event, €4,000 being donated to Aspire. The reception was hosted by Ardmhéara/Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha. Speaking at the reception, The Lord Mayor celebrated the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund. Ardmhéara/Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, who nominated St Francis Hospice as his chosen charity, remarked that this donation means that the hospice will now have the benefit of a special therapeutic bath for use by the patients in the specialist palliative care unit and this will provide pain relief and comfort to those patients. Paul Jackson, Chief Executive, Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many charities in Ireland, many of which are less well-known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do. We are delighted to have increased our grant making funds to €1.4 million in 2018 and this is an increase of 100% over the last five years”. In 2018 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €1.4m in donations and grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Assistance will also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties. Aspire's CEO, Brian Carlin, commented "I was delighted to attend the Hospital Saturday Fund reception in Dublin and to receive a donation, presented by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha. Aspire would like to thank the Hospital Saturday Fund Charity for supporting us in helping people with Spinal Cord Injury in Ireland."