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wicklowvoice.ie September 2013
Newstalk of the town ... Pat Kenny drops in to help fight against cancer
Pictured at the Bray Cancer Support Centre are: Trisha Gibbons, Margaret Byrne and Joan Vickers; and right, Veronica O’Leary with Pat Kenny Newstalk’s newest star Pat Kenny dropped into Co Wicklow last week to help a charity raise funds for a new vehicle. Bray Cancer Support Centre last week launched an exciting project to facilitate the demand for its volunteer transport service. The centre is aiming to purchase a vehicle to continue to transport its clients and those
who care for them in and out of hospitals and clinics for their treatment. At present the team of volunteer drivers are using their own cars and are on the road almost daily. During 2012, Bray Cancer Support Centre provided 488 free transport services to cancer patients in the Wicklow and south Dublin areas to St Luke’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital,
St James’s Hospital, Blackrock Day Hospice, Blackrock Clinic, Beaumount Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital and St Colmcille’s Hospital. Thanks to grants already donated from the Hug Charity Group at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Bray Town Council, they are close to their target of €16,000 and are asking the public to help raise the remaining €8,000.
Anyone who can help, should visit www.globalgiving.org where they can donate online during the month of September. The transport service has been in existence for 15 years and has helped thousands of people in the community. “We rely on Bray Cancer Support Centre to bring my Mother into hospital for her treatment. “I can’t drive and have no oth-
er family to do this. “The hospital is unable to help us with transport due to cut backs. If it weren’t for Bray Cancer Support Centre helping us I don’t think my Mother would go to her treatment,” said Mary, a client user of the centre. Bray Cancer Support Centre is a community-based registered charity and they receive approx one quarter of their annual funding from the HSE and the rest is
made up of donations and fund raising. They are not funded by any National Charity or any other government agencies in Co Wicklow. For further information contact Bray Cancer Support Centre, Aubrey Court, Parnell Road, Bray or telephone 01.2866966, email info@braycancersupport. ie or visit our website at www. braycancersupport.ie.