Units de­signed to give sis­ters in­de­pen­dent liv­ing

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A dream home for the Mitchell sis­ters is just yards from the fam­ily home on what is a breath­tak­ing site nestling be­neath Knocknarea. The dwellings, cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion and ad­vanc­ing rapidly are two sep­a­rate units with a shared en­trance.

They are de­signed to pro­vide a home where Mairead and Aoib­heann can live now and in the fu­ture. They are ground floor liv­ing spa­ces with open plan kitchen and liv­ing room.

The bed­room has an en suite wet-room de­signed and built in ac­cor­dance with Wheel­chair As­so­ci­a­tion’s Best Prac­tice Ac­cess Guide­lines. This ne­ces­si­tates door­ways, cor­ri­dors and rooms with larger di­men­sions than tra­di­tional res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion.

The units will be fit­ted with non-slip floor fin­ishes, handrails, hoists and other spe­cial­ized and non-stan­dard equip­ment. There is an ad­di­tional bed-space for guest/carer at first floor level.

It is en­vis­aged that the fi­nal cost will be circa € 300k. The Mitchell sis­ters are un­able to per­son­ally fund the pro­ject in the nor­mal ways such as mort­gage, sav­ings etc. Their par­ents are earnestly try­ing to put the nec­es­sary fund­ing in place. Thank­fully Sligo County Coun­cil are grant aid­ing the pro­ject with €29k.To se­cure this €29k grant all build­ing work needs to be com­pleted by Jan 2018.

With only four months to go to se­cure this fund­ing, their ex­tended fam­ily and friends are acutely aware of their plight and have de­cided to open the GoFundMe ac­count.

This caters for all con­trib­u­tors in an open and trans­par­ent man­ner. It al­lows well-wish­ers a real con­crete way of lend­ing sup­port.

These dwellings will al­low Mairead and Aoib­heann to live in two sep­a­rate dis­abled friendly apart­ments next door to their mum and dad. Upon com­ple­tion, the Mitchell girls to­gether with their fam­ily and friends will be hav­ing an open day where all those con­nected and sup­port­ive of the pro­ject will view the com­pleted build­ings.

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