Lions clubs fund a play­ground for Marino

Bray People - - NEWS -

MARINO school was the ben­e­fi­ciary of a cheque for €25,000 pre­sented to them last week by Bray Lions Club and Su­gar­loaf Lions in Grey­stones.

Clubs in Wick­low, Leop­ard­stown, Dun Laoghaire, and Killiney, joined their friends last week at Marino to cel­e­brate the hand­ing over of the money.

The Bray and Grey­stones clubs worked to­gether over the past eight months to raise the funds.

They held quizzes, race nights, walks and more.

The money will go to­wards the in­stal­la­tion of a spe­cialised play­ground fa­cil­ity.

The play­ground will sup­port ther­a­peu­tic in­ter­ven­tion and learn­ing.

It will in­clude a tur­tle and whale springer, soft play ar­eas, and an in­te­grated slide with climb­ing, swing­ing and slid­ing units.

87 per cent of the pupils at­tend­ing the Marino school present with ASD (autism spec­trum dis­or­der) ac­cord­ing to the Lions club.

The club wishes to ac­knowl­edge the sup­port from the Marino par­ents com­mit­tee as well as man­age­ment and staff.

It is hoped to have work com­pleted on the project in early Septem­ber. Pupils at Marino range in age from three to 18. MU­SIC and fun was the or­der of the day at the sum­mer con­cert at New­cas­tle Hospital last week but with the Min­is­ter for Health in at­ten­dance, the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing men­tal health ser­vices was also high on the agenda.

The aim of the sum­mer event, which took place last Wed­nes­day, June 22, is to in­vite the public to share the fa­cil­i­ties of New­cas­tle Hospital and to pro­mote the im­por­tance of men­tal health to ev­ery­one.

He­len Allen event or­gan­iser, said that host­ing an event with the sup­port of the Garda Band and the lo­cal pri­mary school in the grounds of the hospital pro­motes a pos­i­tive im­age in the com­mu­nity of what the men­tal health ser­vice is about.

She was de­lighted with the very large turnout and to see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing the food, mu­sic and bril­liant sun­shine.

Speak­ing at the event last Wed­nes­day, Min­is­ter Simon Har­ris said that the the pro­mo­tion of pos­i­tive men­tal health was a pri­or­ity for him.

‘Due to the re­cent re­in­state­ment of fund­ing for men­tal health ser­vices which I have se­cured, I am pleased that we can con­tinue to sup­port pos­i­tive men­tal health ini­tia­tives through­out the coun­try, such as the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of Coun­selling Ser­vices Com- mu­nity Men­tal Health Teams, and the im­prove­ment of 24/7 Re­sponse and li­ai­son ser­vices,’ he said. ‘I look for­ward to a con­tin­u­ing en­gage­ment with staff, ser­vice users and the Friends of New­cas­tle Hospital.’

Justin Bro­phy, Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, wel­comed the Min­is­ter’s at­ten­dance and stressed the im­por­tance of the role of com­mu­nity ser­vices in meet­ing the needs of peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues.

The Friends of New­cas­tle Hospital, who or­gan­ised the event, wel­comed the Min­is­ter’s sup­port for the re­in­state­ment of the men­tal health bud­get ear­lier this month but said that fund­ing for men­tal health care should be viewed as a core ne­ces­sity.

‘Re­gard­less of the size of the bud­get, the fact that any min­is­ter can re­duce a bud­get so dra­mat­i­cally sends out the mes­sage that men­tal health is the poor re­la­tion within the health ser­vices,’ said Eve­lyn Caw­ley, Chair­per­son of the Friends of New­cas­tle Hospital.

‘ The num­bers of peo­ple seek­ing help from com­mu­nity ser­vices has dra­mat­i­cally in­creased. De­pres­sion, stress, ad­dic­tion, lone­li­ness, sui­cide are more fa­mil­iar than we would like but they are the is­sues that peo­ple have to deal with in their daily lives,’ she added.

Lions Club mem­bers hand over a cheque to Marino Com­mu­nity Spe­cial School.

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