June 15, 2021

Purple House ‘extremely disappointed’ as Minister Harris urged to keep his word

Purple House Cancer Support “are extremely disappointed” with the news that funding for their new base cannot be guaranteed.

The HSE wrote to the charity this week with the news despite Purple House having already identified a suitable premises for their need.

Health Minister Simon Harris has been urged not to break a promise he made to help move Bray’s Purple House Cancer Support Centre into a new home.

Fianna Fáil health spokesperson and Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly today said the local charity is “in dire need of our help”.

Veronica O’Leary, Director it Services at Purple House, told WicklowNow.ie: “Purple House are extremely disappointed with this news.

“However we will not let it stop us with our plans to create a permanent Cancer Support Centre that will serve the needs of thousands of Cancer patients today and for future generations.

“This will be a Community facility created by the Community, for the Community.

“We are delighted to say that we have identified an ideal premises in Bray Co. Wicklow, that meets all of our needs today and will allow us to grow into the future.

“We hope to give you the exact details shorty but until it’s confirmed we need the support of the community and the support of our Government and TD’s to make our vision a reality.”

Purple House added that the new premises will provide private rooms, a rehabilitation gym and recreational area, a dedicated children’s area, dedicated rooms for cancer survivorship and education programmes, a much bigger drop-in space, a garden where families can spend precious time together making memories.

Deputy Donnelly said: “Purple House is an incredible facility that supports patients and their families who’re dealing with Cancer. This centre offers hope to people at their most vulnerable.

“I want to call directly on the Health Minister to stay true to his word.  I would ask Minister Harris not to backtrack on his promise to help, as he currently appears to be doing.

“Abandoning Purple House is simply not good enough. It’s not good enough for people with Cancer and it’s not good enough for the families and friends of people with Cancer. What I would like to say to every single person in the Bray area is ‘let’s stand up for Purple House’ and let’s not stand down until its future is safe,” Deputy Donnelly (pictured below) added.

You can help Purple House by supporting our new home fundraising appeal at www.purplehouse.ie/donations/

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