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Hope Centre receives €86,063 funding


Sean McCarthy

Sean McCarthy

Sean McCarthy

The Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy is to receive €86,063 in funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development under its Dormant Accounts Fund.

The news has been very much welcomed in the Hope Centre, with General Manager Sean McCarthy saying it will go a long way to alleviating uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

'We were delighted in the Hope Cancer Support Centre to get confirmation last Friday, September 4, that we are to be the recipient of a Covid-19 stability fund payment,' said Mr McCarthy.

He said the centre qualified for the payment as a result of a drop of income in excess of 25 per cent.

'We had to prove to Pobal, through which the payments are administrated, that our income had dropped significantly,' said Mr McCarthy.

He said the income stream decreased because of two factors; the Hope Centre charity shop has been closed for a number of months because of the pandemic and also the annual Hope & Dream 10 fundraising walk wasn't able to be held on its traditional date in April.

'It's because of that drop in funding that we have been given the grant,' he said.

There are specific stipulations with regard to how the funding is allocated and Mr McCarthy said the Hope Centre is awaiting that information from the department at the moment.

However, he said it will make 'a huge difference' to the centre.

'There has been an amount of uncertainty over some issues and this will go a long way to alleviating those,' he said.

Mr McCarthy said 2020 has been a very challenging year for charities all around the country including the Hope Centre.

However, he encouraged people to support the virtual Hope & Dream 10 event which will take place between September 21 and 27.

'I would ask people to please support the event and do their 10k in whatever way they choose, whether it's with family or friends, and adhering to all health and safety guidelines,' he said.

'It will help raise money that is so badly needed a the moment,' he added.

The funding was welcomed by local TD, Deputy Paul Kehoe, who said it will provide some bit of relief on the back of challenges caused by the Covid-19 lockdown

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