About Kerry Cancer Support Group.
Kerry Cancer Support Group is a fully registered charity and was founded in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength since then.
Our Mission - No one should face their cancer journey alone: 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.
Our signature service the "Kerry Cork Health Link Bus" came to fruition in 2010 and started with a 14 seater minibus and as demand quickly grew so did the bus. We now have a 30 seater bus which travels to Cork University Hospital, The Mercy, The Bons Cork and The Cork Clinic 5 days a week bringing the service user for treatment free of charge where we have a dedicated time slot for our users at the hospital minimising delays. This bus serves Kerry and parts of West Cork and we guarantee complete confidentiality. The service is a vital one and has been likened, by users, to a "travelling support group".
We also have a "Bridging Transport Service" which provides transport to treatment for service users on a one off basis where no other service meets their needs.
We cover hospitals in Kerry, Cork and Limerick.
We have also set up an education and information service. We visit schools, community groups and other organisations and provide them with information around prevention, reducing their risk, screening, knowing their bodies and healthy lifestyle.
We are delighted to have become associated with Cork Cancer Care Centre and Blankets of Hope Kerry to collect and distribute blankets to anyone going through their cancer journey who wants one. The blankets are either crocheted or knitted and donated and given to those going through their cancer journey.
Many of our service users have already benefited from the initiative and are delighted with their blankets.
Our funding comes from sponsorship and fundraising events held by the public around the County and beyond. Because we are a local Charity all monies stay in the County.
We receive no Government or HSE funding.
With incidence of cancer set to grow (the National Cancer Registry of Ireland forecast that by 2020 the number is set to rise to over 43,000) we at Kerry Cancer Support see our services being needed even more. Kerry Cancer Support Group is always looking into improving its service and keeping up with the needs of its service users. With this in mind we are now in the planning phase of setting up a route to University Hospital Limerick to cover North Kerry and West limerick similar to that we have in operation to Cork. Our Bridging Transport Service has already been covering trips to Limerick.
By supporting the service you are making a difference to the emotional well-being of the users and that of their families giving them the peace of mind knowing that they have a safe, secure and supportive way to attend their treatment and hospital appointments.
With your help we can continue this work.