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No ‘top ups’ at Friends of St Brigids Hospice

Volunteers, Ann Leavy, Laura Molloy, customer Breda Hynes, and volunteer Della Griffin, pictured at the official opening of the Friends of St. Brigid's Hospice Charity Shop, Leixlip last March 1.               Photo Tony Keane.

Volunteers, Ann Leavy, Laura Molloy, customer Breda Hynes, and volunteer Della Griffin, pictured at the official opening of the Friends of St. Brigid's Hospice Charity Shop, Leixlip last March 1. Photo Tony Keane.

All monies raised by The Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice, a voluntary group that provides funding for patient care and comfort at the hospice in the Curragh, goes directly to the provide services and facilties for the terminally ill writes Paula Campbell.

That is according to a statement released by the voluntary group last week in the wake of the recent top up scandal which revealed that the Central Remedial Clinic has admitted using charitable funds to top up the salaries of senior staff members.

“The Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice and Homecare Services providing funding for patient care and comfort at St Brigids Hospice in the Curragh can assure the people of Kildare and West Wicklow that we are an unpaid voluntary group and all monies raised go directly to providing services and facilities for people who are terminally ill,” the statement reads.

“As announced earlier this year we are in negociation with the HSE to enhance the service, increase the bed capacity to 13 rooms together with a day care centre and purchasing a patient transporter for our day care centre.”

This new enhancement will cost €3.1 million plus a commitment by the HSE of €500,000.

“We take pride in having carefully monitered our many generous donations received regularly from the general public in Kildare and West Wicklow, without this continued support we would not be able to provide the comfort that St Brigid’s Hospice gives to patients,” it continues.

“Each year we hold our AGM with our audited accounts presented at the AGM. We take this opportunity to thank our many volunteers in our four charity shops and those who help with fundraisers.”

 

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