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Saturday 25 October 2014

CASA features on 'At Your Service'

John Manning

Published 24/12/2013 | 05:32

Interior designer Maura Hunter with hotel experts, John and Francis Brennan ahead of their show featuring CASA airing on St Stephen's night at 8pm on RTE 1.

A HOUSE in Malahide that provides a home away from home for people with disabilities will be featured prominently in RTE television's Christmas schedule this year when the Brennan brothers arrive to give the house a makeover for an 'At Your Service' Christmas Special.

The much-loved CASA Respite Home in Malahide has teamed up with RTE's At Your Service for an exciting renovation project at the house that saw hoards of willing volunteers transform the house in time for the big 'reveal' on the St Stephen's Day show at 8pm on RTE 1.

In the special programme, Francis and John respond to the appeal of 15-year-old Conor Dillon and a charity close to his heart, CASA.

Conor, who has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, asked to the Brennans to come to the aid of the CASA Respite Centre in Malahide, Dublin.

CASA is an Irish charity that provides respite for disabled people, giving them and their families a much needed rest and a home from home.

Despite 'respite' sounding clinical, CASA pride themselves on providing a holiday experience with specialised volunteers providing care on a one-to-one basis with each guest.

However, the recession has impacted on CASA significantly and all the money raised is used to keep the doors open.

The house was in deep need of a revamp and the place needs an injection of life, colour and fun.

The programme follows the Brennans and their army of volunteers over four weeks as they attempt to renovate the centre's lounge, kitchen and garden to create the perfect environment for people staying there.

The good people at the Malahide CASA house were clearly delighted. Spokesperson for the respite house in Malahide, Mary O'Donoghue told the Fingal Independent: 'We at CASA are so grateful for all the hard work that went into getting the Makeover finished in time and none of this would have happened if Conor Dillon (a member) had not got in touch with the The Brennan Brothers from The At Your Service RTE Programme and asked them to get involved.

'The good will from so many people made this happen, from donation like a new kitchen, new windows, new appliances, new soft furnishings, new garden etc., etc., and then all the hard work from all the professional volunteers and local volunteers to make this happen, we are so grateful to them all.'

Ms O'Donoghue said: ' We thank Frances and John Brennan for the amount of time they gave on this project and It is such a joy now to go in the house and our members and so delighted with the improvements, it is now truly a home from home for them.

Fingal Independent

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