About

Kerry Cork Health Link Bus is a free community service open to all, without referral.
We aim to provide social support to individuals on their cancer journey.

OUR STORY

Our signature service the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus started in 2010 with a 14 seater minibus and as demand quickly grew so did this vital bus service.

Now our bus (purchased in 2013) travels everyday to Cork University Hospital (with the exception of Christmas Day, St Stephens Day and Public Holidays). The route services Kerry and parts of Cork. This free service is offered on a confidential basis.

To support our service users on their cancer journey, we have secured a block booking with Cork University Hospital (CUH). This means that those travelling on the bus are scheduled together and do not have to endure long delays waiting for appointments. The users experience great emotional and social support from each other.




Radio Documentary

In a documentary recorded for the charity by Tom McCarthy, (a student on the Kerry ETB Media Techniques Radio Course run by Radio Kerry Training) and Grainne McPolin, past and present service users talk about their experiences aboard the Kerry Cancer Support Group, Kerry - Cork Health Link Bus, and how vital it is in their journey back to health. What some may not know is that many of those receiving treatment have to travel from Kerry to Cork every day … The Kerry - Cork Health Link Bus is comfortable, and is equipped with the essentials which help to make the journey a little easier.

Funding

Funding comes entirely from sponsorship and fundraising events. Events are organised by the public to raise funds and all monies raised remain in the county. No Government or HSE funding is received. With predicted growth rates for the incidence of cancer (the National Cancer Registry of Ireland forecast by 2020 the number is set to rise to over 40,000 cases) we at Kerry Cancer Support see an even bigger need for our services. By supporting us, you are making a difference to the emotional well-being of the users and that of their families. You can give cancer patients that peace of mind that they have a safe, secure and supportive method of attending their appointment in Cork University Hospital.

Education and Information Service

We visit schools, community groups and other organisations to provide them with information on:
- Cancer Prevention
- Reducing the Risk of Cancer
- Screening
- Body Awareness
- Healthy Lifestyle.

With your support and donations we can continue this vital service.

We Support:


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Our Mission

No one should face their cancer journey alone.


This will be achieved through:
Kerry Cancer Support Group is devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to our free programmes and resources. Our professional staff strive to help people affected by cancer in a way that is as supportive and helpful as possible to achieve the highest quality of life. Kerry Cancer Support Group is a community-based, volunteer-driven, community-supported organisation.

Team

Our dedicated team work throughout Kerry and Cork to support you.
Our team consists of people who really care and have the user's best interest at heart

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Timetable

This FREE service runs 5 days a week to bring service users from Kerry-Cork for their radiotherapy treatment in Cork University Hospital.

Before travelling on the bus, please confirm your appointment date and time with Cork University Hospital. Upon confirmation, contact the KCSG office in Tralee to reserve your seat for the journey. If you have any further questions, please contact us for more information:

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Other Services

All of our services are dedicated to the welfare of the users. Our bus route stops in many locations throughout Kerry and Cork.

Fundraising


Fundraising for Kerry Cancer Support Group comes from the generosity and support of the Kerry Corporate Sector, Community Groups, Sporting Organisations and Private Individuals from Kerry, Cork, Ireland and Overseas. If you wish to support us or organize and host a fundraising event, please contact us to discuss further.

Education & Information


Kerry Cancer Support Group provides an Education and Information programme which is currently delivered to secondary schools and community groups throughout the Kerry region. If you wish to arrange a presentation or information session for a group, please contact us to discuss further.

Additional Services


At Kerry Cancer Support Group's Centre at 124 Main St Tralee we are in the process of setting up an "information and support" room for new service users. This will be run on a voluntary basis by a panel of past service users.

Our Sponsors

Contact

Please contact us if any more information is needed.

Contact Information

Opening hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. Closed Bank Holidays

  • 124 Tralee Town Centre Apartments, Maine Street, Tralee.
  • 066-7195560
  • kerrycancersupportgroup@eircom.net