There was great excitement at the Circle of Friends Cancer Care Support Centre in Tipperary town for the signing of a lease for a green field site in Knockanrawley given by Cashel-Tipperary Municipal County Council to build a new centre.
Jennifer Jones Hickey, Founder of Circle of Friends, was with her father Pat (Chairman) and board of management at the existing centre in Station House, Tipperary town, to greet Ronan Kennedy from Kennedy, Frewen O’Sullivan Solicitors.
“I’m so excited I feel like this is a marked moment that we’re all going to look back at in a couple of years.I feel it’s really beginning to happen now for Circle of Friends and that it’s just the start of many good things to come, I can just feel it.” said Jennifer.
Jennifer had a vision of acquiring a green field site to build a purpose built Cancer support centre in Tipperary Town and in November 2014 she wrote a heartfelt letter to Marie McGivern District Administrator of the County Council asking her if any sites were available.
“Marie McGivern visited our 3-roomed centre at Station House and was very impressed with our services and offered us a site in Knockanrawley next to the Gaelscoil in Tipperary Town. We are very grateful for this site and the Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre had the backing of all our local County Councilors from the start.” said Jennifer.
The committee members in Circle of Friends worked hard to create an architectural brief outlining all the different requirements needed for the new building and appointed architect Mr. Kenneth Hennessey based in Clonmel in May 2015. Circle of Friends has since received a draft of drawings that are displayed in the centre in Station House.
“It has been an exciting and busy few months as we have been outreaching our information coffee mornings to local villages and communities in west Tipperary and east Limerick,” said assistant secretary Monica Fogarty. “A task force has been formed in with a view to securing essential funding for our new building. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to anybody who has supported us in anyway since our start in November 2013.”
The official signing of the lease agreement with the County Council and Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre took place on Monday, September 7 at the Station House centre. All the Board of Management attended for the signing and are very happy and excited for the future.