St Gabriel's Ward honour Amon family for generous donation

By Amy Lewis

Published 23/03/2016 | 00:00

Lilly Byrnes, George Kavanagh, Mia Kavanagh, Shirley Doyle, Ciaran Sheridan, Ciara Day, Sinead O'Gorman, Deirdre Bowers, Marian Buckley, Victoria Kehoe, Sarah Berry Byrne and Ellie May Byrne.
Lilly Byrnes, George Kavanagh, Mia Kavanagh, Shirley Doyle, Ciaran Sheridan, Ciara Day, Sinead O'Gorman, Deirdre Bowers, Marian Buckley, Victoria Kehoe, Sarah Berry Byrne and Ellie May Byrne.
A plaque to honour the generous bequest of the late Mr Amon.

Friends of Wexford General Hospital gathered with hospital staff in St Gabriel's Ward to see how the children's ward has been transformed following a generous bequest from the late Herbie Amon, former owner of The Wool Shop.

Following his sad death in 2009, the Coolcotts resident left €242,514 to Friends of Wexford General Hospital which they used to contribute to the extensive refurbishment of the St Gabriel's Paediatric Ward. This funding has allowed the hospital to provide essential equipment that will make a huge difference to children in their care.

Modern bed head trunking complete with medical gases and services have been installed in the refurbished ward. Medical gases will be available at each bed and will now be piped through the wards rather than being supplied on separate appliances or on cylinder provision. Extra electrical works will allow each patient to control their own lighting at their bed.

Additional decorative finishes were also carried out during the work, adding a bright and modern touch to the ward. These included the installation of suspended ceilings, floor replacement and a fresh coat of paint throughout the ward. Alteration to the nurse base, clean utilities and kitchen areas will also enhance staff, family and patient comforts.

Friends of Wexford General Hospital expressed their sincere gratitude to Mr Amon and his family for making the important upgrade possible. A plaque was unveiled in the ward to honour Herbie Amon and remember his generous donation.

Originally from Austria, the Amon family moved to Canada before settling in Wexford in the 1950s. The family became very well-known around the town when Mrs Amon opened the Wool Shop in 1959 and several years later, Herbie took over. The traditional shop on Coffey's Hill, which was long hailed as Wexford's link to times past, was put on the market in 2007 when Herbie became ill. It marked the end of an era for many people, not only in Wexford but nationwide, who would travel to buy wool.

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