Coun­cil­lors to host hospice fundraiser


Bray People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW’S County Coun­cil­lors are to host a fundrais­ing event in April which they hope will push them past their fundrais­ing tar­get of €100,000 for Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion.

The elected mem­bers are al­ready half­way to reach­ing their tar­get, hav­ing pledged €10,000 each from the funds of the five mu­nic­i­pal districts of Bray, Ark­low, Grey­stones, Wick­low and Balt­in­glass.

Last Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26, they an­nounced plans for the gala din­ner on April 7 in the Parkview Ho­tel, New­town­moun­tkennedy. The night will in­clude a char­ity auc­tion and fea­ture guest en­ter­tain­ment. A spe­cial com­mit­tee – rep­re­sent­ing all 32 coun­cilors as well as the hospice foun­da­tion – has been es­tab­lished to over­see the event. Tick­ets, priced at €50, are due to go on sale in the com­ing weeks.

‘ This is an ex­cel­lent cause for the elected mem­bers to be in­volved in – a project that will ben­e­fit the en­tire of County Wick­low,’ said Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald, the cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil. ‘I would like to ex­press my sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the five Mu­nic­i­pal Districts who have pledged €10,000 from their dis­cre­tionary fund and to con­grat­u­late the com­mit­tee for the work so far. I look for­ward to at­tend­ing the event in April, and wish the Wick­low Hospice and the elected mem­bers ev­ery suc­cess in this fundrais­ing ef­fort.’

The Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion has al­ready raised €3.5 mil­lion for the fa­cil­ity, through years of tire­less fundrais­ing by the peo­ple of Co Wick­low. The group is ready to start build­ing but needs an­other €1m in or­der to place the build­ing con­tract.

The site for the hospice at Magher­amore has been do­nated by the Colum­ban Sis­ters; the build­ing plans have been pre­pared and full plan­ning per­mis­sion has been re­ceived. The 15-bed fa­cil­ity – which will be op­er­ated by Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross – will be the hub of pal­lia­tive care ser­vices for the county. The Depart­ment of Health/HSE will meet the an­nual run­ning costs of €3m.

Bryan Doyle, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wick­low County Coun­cil, has com­mended the elected mem­bers for their sup­port for the hospice and said he is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the fa­cil­ity built and op­er­a­tional in the near fu­ture.

The Chair­man of Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion, Sean Dor­gan, has thanked the coun­cil­lors for their ef­forts to help the foun­da­tion reach its €1m tar­get.

‘We are ex­tremely in­debted to the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Wick­low County Coun­cil for this ma­jor ini­tia­tive which will raise sig­nif­i­cant funds, pro­pel­ling us for­ward on the path to com­menc­ing the build of the long-awaited Hospice fa­cil­ity,’ said Mr Dor­gan.

‘Our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives are lead­ing the charge in en­sur­ing that the Wick­low Hospice be­comes a re­al­ity in the near fu­ture.

‘ The en­tire Wick­low com­mu­nity has been be­hind this project from the very be­gin­ning. De­spite all of the chal­lenges over the years, so much has been achieved and with this in­cred­i­ble boost in fundrais­ing, the €1 mil­lion tar­get to the build is now very much within reach,’ he said.

Pat Heavey from the Parkview Ho­tel, Cllr Shay Cullen, Dr Brendan Cud­dihy from Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion, Cllrs Christo­pher Fox and John Snell, Evanne Cahill and Bill Porter from the hospice, Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald, Laura Wood from East Coast Radio, Lor­raine Gal­lagher from Wick­low County Coun­cil, Cllr Tom For­tune, Des O’Toole from the hospice foun­da­tion, Thomas Mur­phy from Wick­low County Coun­cil and Cllr Gerry Walsh at the launch of the gala din­ner in the Parkview Ho­tel last Thurs­day night.

Bill Porter from Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion and Laura Wood from East Coast FM with Cllrs Shay Cullen, Christo­pher Fox, Tom For­tune and Gerry Walsh and Lor­raine Gal­lagher from Wick­low County Coun­cil.

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