€56,000 raised towards the €4m cost of 120-bed nursing home
A fundraiser to help defray the cost of building a new 120bedroom nursing home in North Cork has been a big success, according to its organisers.
Construction is already well underway at the new nursing home at Nazareth House, Mallow.
Helen Martyn, director of development at Nazareth House, said the lotto-type fundraiser had raised just over €56,000 to date towards the cost of the building.
Each of the 120 bedrooms will be single and en-suite. The new block is being built adjacent to the original nursing home which was opened in 1930 by the Sisters of Nazareth at the invitation of the health authority of the time.
“The support we have received from the people of Dromahane, Mallow and surrounding areas has been absolutely tremendous, and we want to thank them most sincerely for that,” Ms Martyn said.
“This time last year we were on tenterhooks, sitting waiting for our planning permission to be approved. It’s fantastic that here we are one year later with the first level of blocks going up.
“This is a very exciting time for Nazareth House as we look forward in anticipation to our lovely new home,” she said.
Despite the success of the fundraiser, Mr Martyn said the goal is to reach €4 million and the continued support from people in North Cork was vital.
Everyone who buys one of the annual tickets before September 13 will be in with a chance of winning an additional prize of €500 in the early bird draw.
Ms Martyn pointed out that people can also play their fundraising lotto online at www. thenazarethcarefund.com.
“We would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and businesses who continuously help us to promote and run the lotto every week. We are currently looking for more volunteers and businesses to help us reach new levels,” she said.
Ms Martyn can be contacted at 087-2415896.