Just over a year ago, two women visited the Dundalk Democrat offices and told the paper about their mission - opening Dundalk’s first cancer support centre. Their mission has been completed.
After twelve months of fundraising, The Cara Cancer Support Centre has found a home and will be located in the former Sinn Fein offices at Williamson Place, just off Park Street.
The Cara committee and a number of volunteers have revamped the premises and transformed it into a paradise of relaxation.
The centre will be run on a volunteer basis and will open to the public on Friday May 23rd.
A wide range of services will be offered at Cara, including wig and prosthetic demonstrations and a drop in centre for a cup of tea and a chat.
“It is fantastic that we finally have a home and we can start our support services,” said Claire Byrne of the Cara team, “We have decorated the house in the last seven weeks. It is a fantastic location and we can’t wait to get started.”
When Sinn Fein located their new offices to Crowe Street, they were on the look out for a suitable organisation. Luckily, Cara submitted their application and have signed a deal to stay in the premises rent-free for a year. This will be reviewed in twelve months.
“We are grateful to Sinn Fein,” said Claire, “This service is needed in Dundalk. I’ve been on the cancer journey and understand the benefits of a centre like this.
“When I was diagnosed, the nearest support centre was the Gary Kelly in Drogheda. But some people might not be able to drive and you don’t want to be travelling on bus if you are receiving treatment.
“Cara will be a place for everybody.”
Cara, a registered charity who has no paid workers, has been fundraising over the last twelve months.
“The generosity of the people of Dundalk and wider area has been fantastic,” said Claire.
“They understand that we are a local charity giving back to the local people. The list is too long to thank everybody who assisted is. We are grateful for everybody’s support.”
Cara can be contacted on 0429339383 or 0873955335