Funding announced for mobility and cancer care in Kerry

Fine Gael’s Minister for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin
Fine Gael’s Minister for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin

Fergus Dennehy

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin has said that new funds of up to €332,893 will be made available to a number of mobility and Cancer Care transport services in Kerry.

Minister Griffin said the CLÁR programme funding will support the purchasing and fit out of vehicles to transport people for medical services. The services that will benefit from this new funding include the Bumbleance (€50,000), the Social Action Group Rathmore (€72,525) the Knocknagoshel Over 55's Social Club and Women's Group (€68,000) the Kerry Cancer Support Group (€45,000) and the Rockmount Care Centre (€97,368).

"The funding will support and will allow for the transport to and from designated cancer treatment hospitals/centres under the National Cancer Care Programme, and transport for people with significant mobility issues, including those requiring specialised wheelchair accessible vehicles, to day-care or other medical, therapeutic or respite services," said Minister Griffin.

"This funding will provide vehicles that will enable people living in rural areas to travel to medical care or respite centres free of charge," he continued.

"The difference that these provision of these vehicles will make to the lives of families in remote rural areas in Kerry who have to attend day care or medical services is incalculable," he finished.

The Social Action Rathmore Group will use the new funding to help buy a new 19-seater Mercedes Bus with a lift and which will have space for four wheelchairs.

The Knocknagoshel Over 55's Social Club and Women's Group are hoping to use the funding to help purchase a new wheelchair accessible bus while the Rockmount Care Centre will buy an accessible adapted bus and four seater car.

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