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Portlaoise ICU nurse walking 100 miles to raise money for the Mater Foundation

A Portlaoise ICU nurse is walking 100 miles in order to raise funds for The Mater Foundation.

Gerard Hosey, who lives in Carlow, was inspired to raise money after a Covid-19 patient that he cared for in Portlaoise was transferred to the Dublin Hospital.

Mr Hosey describes his patient as a young man who required specialist care in the Mater but thankfully is now doing much better.

Posting on Twitter, Gerard outlined why he is undertaking this challenge.

He said: “I’m a nurse from ICU Portlaoise and I cared for this man who suffered badly with Covid.

“I’m walking 100 miles in August for the Mater Hospital where he had specialist treatment.

“He is on the road to recovery and the money I raise is for the ICU unit in the Mater.”

Gerard initially set himself a goal of reaching €1,500 but has already almost surpassed that.

Anyone who would like to donate to Gerard can do so below and you can also follow his journey on his Twitter page.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.