My three boys are of an age where they can get themselves ready in the morning but I drop two of them to school and college on my way to work at the CRYP Screening Centre in Tallaght Hospital where I look after the day-to-day admin in the office.
The function of the unit is to provide comprehensive specialist evaluation of those diagnosed with or at risk from inherited cardiac conditions, including families who have lost someone to cardiac death.
My work is very personal to me because my 26-year-old niece Jenny died suddenly in 2002 from a heart condition.
I am the first point of contact for many people who contact the screening centre.
My own three boys (Jack, Harry and Max) are patients here because of our family history, so I understand the concerns of parents who bring their children in to be screened.
Screening and tests are done on the same day and the patient gets the results before leaving.
For many, the visit brings peace of mind. The service is free of charge and because we are entirely reliant on fundraising and donations, families are always delighted to give something back.
Recently, as part of my fundraising role, 10 of us did a sponsored walk on the Camino and we raised €10,000 in a single week.
This morning I’m busy working on organising the CRY Winter Ball which takes place in November.
I have fundraising events in the pipeline throughout the year, from our Pure Style Fashion Show in March to Dublin Women’s Mini-Marathon in June, to a whole host of coffee mornings, table quizzes, cycling events.
The fundraising is never done. As well as the centre, we provide a free counselling service for families affected by sudden cardiac death or cardiac conditions.
I’m very focused on raising awareness about sudden cardiac death and this frequently involves presentations to sports clubs, schools, businesses and community groups.
It also means responding to calls from concerned parents who contact the charity as well as highlighting our work on social media and updating our website www.cry.ie
I work part-time but the phone is never out of my hand. In the afternoon I try and take the dog for a walk in between dropping my youngest son to rugby.