Hospice Foundation has celebratory dinner event
There was cause for celebration at a commemorative dinner dance for Wicklow Hospice held last Friday night in the Parkview, Newtownmountkennedy.
It has been 10 years since the hospice foundation was formed, and after a decade of work, the keys will be handed over in the coming weeks, and the 15-bed hospice will admit patients from January. The facility will also include a hub for home care across the county.
The evening opened with a drinks reception and music by Avril O'Toole, her daughter Roisin Vigors, Denise Brennan, harpist Hilda Browne and John Bonner. After a delicious meal, the band Feel the Pinch performed free of charge, with an amazing mix of blues and rock.
Founders, committee members and chairman Sean Dorgan were there, as well as volunteers and supporters. Minister Simon Harris told the attendees that funding for the Hospice is included in Budget 2020.
'It is a testament to the local community that we have reached this point,' he said. 'Their perseverance and fundraising has been coupled with State funding to ensure our community can access this specialist care.
'I turned the sod of the site in 2018 and now we are on the cusp of opening this state-of-the-art facility. It has been my absolute privilege to stand with the community throughout this journey.'