Organisations providing cancer-care and mobility transport in Galway are set to benefit from more than €150,000 in funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development under a scheme to support voluntary organisations in rural areas.
The funding will be used to purchase a 25-seat passenger bus worth €100,000 for Cancer Care West, while €54,000 will be spent on a 15-seat wheelchair-accessible vehicle for FORUM Connemara. Cancer Care West and FORUM Connemara are among 27 such organisations nationwide to share funding of €1.4 million under the scheme this year. The funding has been welcomed by Fine Gael Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton.
“Cancer Care West and FORUM Connemara are two of several excellent local organisations that provide transport in rural areas for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, and other people with mobility issues who require ongoing treatment or therapy,” she said. “This service makes such a huge difference for those people and their families at difficult times in their lives. I’m pleased that Minister Ring and his Department has acknowledged their wonderful contribution with this allocation of funding.”