Little Jodie joins the party as her 'home from home' turns 60
IT is described by grateful patients and parents as a "home from home" -- where fears and obstacles are banished and new possibilities can begin.
From humble beginnings when it first began operating out of a one-bedroom apartment in Dublin back in 1951, countless thousands of lives have been improved beyond recognition by the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC).
It currently provides service to some 4,000 patients at the "unbeatable value" of around €4,000 per head for the year.
Chief executive of the clinic, Paul Kiely, admits: "We're skinflints, we watch every ha'penny."
Celebrating its 60th anniversary yesterday with a tea party at its headquarters in Dublin's Clontarf, the CRC was a hive of activity, with chairman Hamilton Goulding -- an ex-airline pilot and son of the late founder, Lady Valerie Goulding -- watching over the events with a proud eye.
Now the CRC has four centres in Dublin and an outreach centre in Limerick. A new purpose-built centre in Waterford is providing care to around 700 people -- again for impressive value, at a cost of €1m a year.
"I love it here," said little Jodie Forbes (7) from Finglas, who has multiple disabilities. "I have a lot of friends."