Niall takes up reins at Gary Kelly cen­tre


Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

THE Gary Kelly Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre on Ge­orge’s Street pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice for peo­ple in the re­gion who have had a cancer di­ag­no­sis and that’s the way new chair­per­son Niall Reynolds wants to keep it.

He says the range is sig­nif­i­cant for both clients and their fam­i­lies, all with the in­ten­tion of re­mov­ing as much stress as pos­si­ble from an in­di­vid­ual’s sit­u­a­tion.

All the ser­vices are free and for Niall, the cen­tre has be­come a vi­tal com­mod­ity for so many.

His pro­fes­sional role in the so­cial wel­fare sec­tor has seen him pro­vide a ser­vice for the cen­tre since 2009, hold­ing reg­u­lar clin­ics and ad­vis­ing peo­ple of rights and en­ti­tle­ments.

He joined the board and re­cently re­placed De­clan Wel­don as chair­per­son. He spent 14 years on the board of the Women’s and Chil­dren’s Refuge on Congress Av­enue.

‘De­clan has done an ex­cel­lent job and I just want to build on what he has achieved here,’ he stated.

‘ The cen­tre is a place that fills a void for many who at­tend for treat­ment in hos­pi­tal and then have no back up ser­vice, some­where to drop in for a cup of tea, or a chat, or ad­vice. We have so much here, re­flex­ol­ogy and art and a men’s group. It’s all part of what we do.’

They are al­ways on the look­out for vol­un­teers and helpers and those in­ter­ested can just pop in to the cen­tre.

‘We have a great team at the cen­tre and they make it a spe­cial place.’

The Gary Kelly Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre and in­set, Niall Reynolds.

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