SSE Renewables, developer of the next phase of the Arklow Bank offshore wind farm, has made a donation to support Meals on Wheels groups in Arklow and Wicklow Town.
A donation of €5,000 was presented by SSE Renewables to each of the volunteer-led groups which ramped up their services during the period of lockdown to support regular service users and members of the community who were cocooning.
Meals on Wheels was selected to receive the donation by the project team at SSE Renewables working on Arklow Bank Wind Park because of the role it has played for communities in Arklow and Wicklow during the restrictions.
Arklow Bank Project Manager James O'Hara said. 'Community and voluntary groups such as Meals on Wheels have been at the heart of communities responding to the needs of the most vulnerable from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. When their service demand increased, they dug deeper and have ramped up their efforts to ensure that those who need support most, receive it at this extremely difficult time.
'We believe that SSE Renewables and Arklow Bank Wind Park has a role to play in supporting these efforts and we are delighted to make funding available to both the Arklow and Wicklow Meals on Wheels operations. We hope that it will play a part in reducing the impact of the pandemic on both the dedicated volunteers and the service users.'
Hilary Sharpe of Arklow Meals on Wheels said, 'We are delighted to receive this funding which makes a huge difference to our weekly service which has increased to seven days during the Covid-19 emergency. It is vital that the most vulnerable in our society are supported during this difficult and worrying time and support for our service translates to support for our valued service users.'
Rose Behan, Wicklow Meals on Wheels said, 'Donations such as this from SSE Renewables are vital for our service which has increased in response to Covid-19. They enable us to continue to provide free meals to service users which we have pledged to do from May 1 to September 1, 2020.'
SSE Renewables is currently developing the second phase of the Arklow Bank wind farm project and has indicated it expects to invest up to €1 billion in the project.
Arklow Harbour was recently announced as the preferred location for the land-based service hub for the offshore wind farm. The new facility is expected to bring around 80 long-term jobs to maintain the offshore wind farm.