Inspirational Jodi takes pride of place

Olivia Ryan

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:20

THE young girl who inspired the respite centre for children with disabilities took pride of place at the launch of the Maria Goretti Foundation.

THE young girl who inspired the respite centre for children with disabilities took pride of place at the launch of the Maria Goretti Foundation.

Jodi Traynor, from Cooley had inspired John Hanlon to look into the services for children who have specific needs.

When he found no respite facility suitable for children, John set out to establish a dedicated unit, where parents could be safe in the knowledge that their children were being cared for in a safe environment designed with their needs in mind.

Speaking at the mass to celebrate the launch of the centre, Fr. Malachy Conlon PP Cooley described Jodi and the children who will use the centre as the 'real heroes and heroines' in the story.

Jodi's parents, Sean and Joanne, had previously been making the regular trips to Dublin to access services there for children with disabilities.

'We travel to Dublin every week with our daughter Jodi. Travelling up, settling Jodi in and going back to collect her, takes a lot out of our week so to have the Maria Goretti Foundation on our doorstep is just brilliant. We won't know ourselves,' said Joanne.

Sean explained that the late John Hanlon had originally asked him what could be done to help children with disabilities, and their parents in Louth.

'I told him the one thing that really was missing was a respite facility. So I think it went from there, and we are delighted to be at the opening of the centre here today.'

Joanne added that they were 'overwhelmed' by the support Jodi had received at the launch.

The HSE, through Louth Disability Services, are set to fund the day to day operations of the service by means of a Service Arrangement with Rehabcare.

Dermot Monaghan, Area Manager, HSE Louth Meath, explained: 'The HSE have worked alongside the family through various stages of the project.

'Our work continues now and indeed we are delighted to announce that following the completion of a tendering process, we have this week appointed RehabCare as Service Providers'.

Their initial task will be to seek registration from HIQA before we start to provide services from the building.

'We hope initially to have four beds operational and anticipate as resources become available to open the remaining beds by the end of next year.'

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