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Youghal Cancer Support House to Open it’s Doors in December

From The East Cork Journal.

The trustees of Cuan House, 29 Friar Street, Youghal, Co. Cork would like to acknowledge that as and from the 1st December 2018 the charity ‘Youghal Cancer Support’ will be operating from the above address.

Currently Cork ARC are running services at the house and sadly in recent week’s despite numerous emails and meetings which were held by both parties, the CEO of Cork ARC emailed our board to notify us of their decision to cease services at 29 Friar Street, Youghal, Co. Cork and we responded by email accepting their resignation. The decision came following changes in Cork ARC management and policies including the centralisation management of funds raised meaning that all local funds raised in East Cork and West Waterford would be sent to the Cork city office and following on from these changes it was decided to go our separate ways. We wish to confirm that there was no mismanagement of any funds at any time by Cork Arc or Cuan House. We as Youghal Cancer Support will ensure that all local future funds raised in East Cork and West Waterford areas will be used for cancer support services at 29 Friar Street, Youghal, Co. Cork supporting the people of East Cork and West Waterford which will include any renovations/upgrading of the house. Youghal Cancer Support House intends to work closely with Cork Arc in the future to maintain the level of cancer support services for the visitors and their families.

The building was purchased for €235,000 in 2016 from funds raised by the local community. To date there is €4,852 left to pay on the bank loan. Cuan House bank statement stands at €1,483. On final payment the house will be debt free and there to service the people of Youghal, East Cork and West Waterford. We are 100% transparent with all our funds and this is the only way we will run this cancer support centre. The money and the centre belongs to the local people and not the organisations and any money raised in the future will be spent on improving the services at 29 Friar Street, Youghal, Co. Cork. In the future we hope to renovate the rear dining room area to provide an additional tranquil space for the people using the house. We also want to construct a private garden area to the rear of the property.

Plans are currently in place to have the services ready for the 1 December 2018, we have appointed a Director of Services, and within the next few week’s we shall be issuing a press release on the new appointment. A vast interest has been displayed from professional volunteers who wish to give their time to the centre to provide cancer support services for people with cancer and their families at 29 Friar Street, Youghal, Co. Cork. The facility’s team of trained volunteers will provide counselling, advice, therapeutic massage, reflexology, yoga, pilates and other treatments to visitors. All the Cancer Support Services are free to the public. We will open the house to the public on Friday of every week and the first day will be 7th December 2018.

On behalf of all the Trustees of Youghal Cancer Support and Cuan House we wish to thank our volunteers, the people from Youghal town, East Cork & West Waterford, the surrounding towns and villages, the local rural community, the farming community and everyone who has supported us to date. Without these groups this building would never have happened.

So the journey of helping people and their families is continuing the same as before and the torch is only being handed over. This house’s only aim is to help people with Cancer. Cancer does not discriminate and hits all areas of our society both young and old. We are continuing the services of cancer support from the 1st December 2018 for 1 day per week and we will be increasing additional days in the future as soon as they are required. The facility’s team of trained volunteers will provide counselling, advice, therapeutic massage, reflexology, yoga, pilates, mindfulness and other treatments to visitors. All the Cancer Support Services are free and therefore we will always need your continued support.

If any more volunteers are interested in helping out in the house please send your details to info@youghalcancersupport.ie.