Hopes to be­gin work on hospice early this year

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE build­ing con­tract for the Wick­low Hospice is due to be awarded soon and ground will be bro­ken on the Magher­amore fa­cil­ity once this is in place.

Ac­cord­ing to Evanne Cahill, chair­per­son of fundrais­ing at the Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion, it is only through the tremen­dous gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple of Wick­low and be­yond that this land­mark event will take place early this year.

‘The great gen­eros­ity of many friends and sup­port­ers has en­abled tremen­dous progress over re­cent months with our plans. Month af­ter month, events have been or­gan­ised and run by vol­un­teers to har­vest the great pub­lic sup­port for the hospice.

‘In Oc­to­ber, the first in­vi­ta­tion is­sued to po­ten­tial con­trac­tors to ex­press in­ter­est and show their suit­abil­ity. Qual­i­fied con­trac­tors have now been short­listed and are be­ing asked to ten­der. We will or­gan­ise the turn­ing of the sod as soon as con­tracts are signed,’ she said.

It is hoped that pa­tients will be cared for at the site in two years’ time, bring­ing an end to a decade-long cam­paign.

‘Our tar­get is to have the build­ing and fit-out com­plete and pa­tients cared for in Magher­amore in 2019. This will be the out­come of ten years of sus­tained ef­fort by many ded­i­cated peo­ple,’ Evanne said.

‘Thank you to ev­ery­one who has helped us reach this point. We look for­ward to your con­tin­ued sup­port all the way to the open­ing of the hospice and, even more im­por­tantly, as we pro­vide care in the new hospice from 2019 on.’

Evanne Cahill.

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