Tipp woman leads campaign to open cancer support centre

Jennifer Jones Hickey
A Tipperary Town woman is leading a campaign to open a cancer support centre in the town.

A Tipperary Town woman is leading a campaign to open a cancer support centre in the town.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago, Jennifer Jones Hickey wants to establish a cancer support service in her home town to save people travelling to other towns.

“Having such a service on your own doorstep would make an unbelievable difference. The nearest centre to me is Clonmel but it’s a half an hour away and if you are tired or not feeling great then you are going to give it a miss,” said Jennifer.

Jennifer travels to Cork for support care at the Girls Club in Cork every week and her long term ambition is to set up a service in Tipperary town even if it is just for two days a week at the start.

“There must be a vacant premises in Tipp town that we could get rent free or at a reasonable rent. The person who set up the centre in Cork is advising me on how to go about it,”

Jennifer, who lives in Roselawn, Tipperary is organising a major fund raising event - ”Be Bald Be Bold” - in Tipperary Town on Friday, October 18 to raise funds for the Girls Club in Cork and similar events are being held in Cork and Dublin.

Jennifer is holding a night of entertainment in Lowry’s public house in Tipp town, the highlight of which will be a hair shave event that her parents Patrick and Tina Jones have volunteered to take part in.

On sale on the night will be see-through hats at €5 each that makes a person look bald and feel what it is like for somebody who loses their hair.

“We are hoping the night will be well supported by the people of Tipperary Town,” said Jennifer.