Members of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) have raised €25,000 on behalf of St James’s Hospital by abseiling down the side of the Red Cow Moran Hotel.
The Jump for James’s fundraiser saw ten LVA council members abseil down the nine storey extension of the Red Cow Moran Hotel, including Chairman Ronan Lynch, Vice Chairman Noel Anderson and Chief Executive Donall O’Keeffe.
The fundraiser was the initiative of Tom Moran of the Red Cow Moran Hotel and his family. Marking the third anniversary of Tom’s near fatal brain injury, Tom was one of the 130 people who were involved in the highest abseil from a building in Ireland, dropping a height of 35 metres.
The funds raised will go towards building a dedicated Brain Disease Resource and Research Centre at St. James’s Hospital.
Three years ago Tom suffered a near fatal brain injury, sustaining a stroke which caused him to fall while on holiday in Spain. Tom underwent a craniotomy and spent six weeks in an induced coma in Spain, before being airlifted to St. James’s Hospital. Tom has gone on to make an incredible recovery.
A number of celebrities also took part in the event including singer and Dancing with the Stars finalist, Cliona Hagan; Fair City actor, Dave O’Sullivan; broadcaster Ray D’Arcy; comedian, Eric Lalor and former professional boxer, Bernard Dunne.
Speaking after the abseil, Tom Moran said: “I was nervous and excited about this challenge but I am so glad I did it! It has been a fantastic day.”