€56,000 raised to­wards the €4m cost of 120-bed nurs­ing home

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Sean O’Riordan

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.

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