Recovery Haven worthy winners for anniversary
KERRY Community Awards last year celebrated 10 years and there was no more fitting winner than Recovery Haven for the special anniversary year.
Providing support to people with cancer and their relatives, Recovery Haven offers a wide range of services in a respectful and relaxing environment from its Tralee base. This year the service also expanded to Killarney where an outreach clinic is held twice a month at The Reeks Gateway.
Emerging from the 'groups with particular needs' category, there were heartfelt congratulations from all groups attending last year's awards ceremony at Killarney's Held Dromhall Hotel and it's easy to see why. In just a few short years the voluntary organisation has touched many families across Kerry, yet it remains completely reliant on fundraising.
Recovery Haven Manager Siobhan McSweeney said she was delighted yet shocked as the winner's name was announced at last year's ceremony.
"Yes, we were surprised as there is such good work going on within communities with so many bodies and so many volunteers working behind the scenes," she stated.
"We're open three years in September, so winning was great validation for the work we have put in over such a short time frame," she added.
Offering a wide range of services including counselling, listening, reflexology, yoga, mindfulness and many more, Recovery Haven's services are provided free of charge and Siobhan said last year's winnings were a major help to all involved.
"The prize money was put to work straight away as, in the last 12 months, we have extended services through our own bereavement groups, a men's programme for the autumn which we have continued into 2014 and we have been able to maintain and extend our outreach service, particularly in Killarney," she said.
"Because we're primarily an organisation run through the hard work and generosity of our many volunteers, it was lovely that they received recognition on a platform as respected as the Kerry Community Awards," Siobhan added.