Kildare cancer support services in dire need of funding

Little Way Cancer Support Centre appeals for help

Rose B O'Donoghue

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Next Tuesday, Little Way Cancer Centre will launch its 2020 calendar, at the centre on 17 Sept at 7.30pm

 At least €80,000 anually is what it costs to run the support services at Little Way Cancer Support Centre in Clane, Co Kildare says director, Evelyn McKee.

The centre in Clane supports communities and families across the county who are dealing with illness, or sadly, in some cases terminal illness or bereavement.

“Little Way owns the premises which were purchased in 2017 but with no government funding whatsoever, we run the services here entirely on donations and from fundraising.

“No volunteer here is receiving a salary, neither do the seven directors, it’s all totally unpaid work.  The centre is open on weekdays from 10am-2pm. It breaks my heart not be able to open for the full afternoon but we just don’t have the resources. We’d love to be able to expand our services, to run workshops and other events but without funding, we just can’t.”

It’s 16 years since the support centre first opened, and the demand for their services is ever growing. “In the last few weeks alone” said Evelyn “We’ve had at least 10 new clients through the door, men and women.

“We support people living with cancer and many will come back to us after their successful surgery and treatment. Unfortunately, we also support people who are terminally ill and for couples, the spouse or carer really appreciate our help too.

“There are many families who still like to pop in, long after their loved ones have passed on. We offer support too for those dealing with bereavement.”

Little Way Cancer Support Centre offers one to one counselling services, along with complementary therapies, along with a drop in centre from 10am-2pm for anyone “who just needs a sympathetic ear or a little chat” said Evelyn.

“We are going to launch our 2020 calendar next week, on Tuesday, September 17 at 7.30pm. They’re only €5 each but we need to start selling them fast to gather up funding. We are extremely grateful to all who fundraise for Little Way, our volunteers and supporters, thank you so much”.

Do drop into the centre located at 2-3 The Village Centre, Clane, open from 10am-2pm on weekdays or join Little Way for their calendar launch on Tuesday next.

Above The Big C Choir present Little Way Cancer Support Centre with a cheque valued at  €4,000. The choir performed at the Westgrove Hotel & Conference Centre earlier this year, with the Westgrove providing the venue free of charge.