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€100,000 Grant for Rathdrum Cancer Support

Rathdrum Cancer Support Group (RCSG) has been granted €100,000 under the Community Centres Investment Fund (CCIF) announced by Green Party Minister of State for Community Development – Joe O’Brien. This funding is going to be put towards a new refurbished premises for the group to be based in the town centre. Deputy Steven Matthews who recently met with the group and has been advocating for grant funding on their behalf in recent months has welcomed the news. Discussing the news, Deputy Matthews said:

“I had the opportunity to meet with the group in their existing premises in Rathdrum recently and I got to see first-hand the extraordinary work that they do to offer support to those suffering with cancer and their families.

“One of the key issues raised with me was that the group had outgrown their current premises and their service would benefit hugely from a new, central location in Rathdrum to cater to their clients.

“I know this funding is going towards upgrading, retrofitting and adapting a new building to fit the needs of the group and the services they provide which is excellent news for the people who use this incredible service and for their friends and families.

“The incredible voluntary service they offer in terms of information sessions on supports for families, putting on social evenings for patients undergoing cancer treatment, offering lifts to hospitals for people without access to other transport options amongst other vital supports.

“This service provides a genuine support network for people in Rathdrum and the wider area and I hope this funding will help the group continue to flourish in the community. To see this funding come to fruition is a wonderful development and is a reflection of the years of hard work put in by all those involved with RCSG and this must be acknowledged.

“I look forward to continuing my work with both Rathdrum Cancer Support, Wicklow County Council and the Department of Community Development to ensure that this funding is allocated as quickly as possible so that they can get this project moving”, concluded Deputy Matthews.



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