A Newbridge- based charity offering vital services to people with mental health issues is facing the possibility of losing its base, because the landlord is planning to sell.
Chairperson of Hope(d) (Help Other People Endure Depression), Terri Thorpe, is eager to offer assurances that services are currently resuming as normal at Henry St.
However, she says that a major fundraising initiative needs to start as soon as possible so that the voluntary group can purchase the building. Kildare Garda Division are rallying behind the organisation and urging people to attend an upcoming fight night at the Osprey Hotel.
The asking price, where Hope(d) have been based for over four years, is estimated to be at least €400,000. Hope(d) has been given first refusal on the purchase of the building.
Ms Thorpe said: “We need to raise €400,000 to buy the building, we don't have grants and we have operational costs.”
She said: “There will need to be a lot of fundraising done. We need this building, we get a lot of people looking for help just coming in off the street.”
The building at Henry St is designed to facilitate people receiving psychotherapy and holistic services. Hope(d) was originally set up as an response to the increase in suicides, suicidal ideation, and self harming.
According Ms Thorpe, it has had 135 new clients over the past year, with 248 in total. They benefit from a wide range of services offered from the Hope(d) building at Henry St, with 25% attending adolescents and 50% over the age of 55.
She says that the organisation is also encountering “homeless young mothers who feel that if they were out of the picture, then the State would look after their children.”
On Saturday, June 15, a fundraising fight night will be hosted at the Osprey Hotel, Naas, organised by Kildare Gardaí, Ambulance services and Civil Defence. Tickets cost €20pp, and are available from Naas Garda Station and participating groups.
Contact Hope (d) on 1800 855 824 or 087/ 1513535.
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