25 years

Kathleen has decided to retire and will be missed by all

After 25 years of dedicated service to Greystones Cancer Support, Kathleen has decided to retire. She leaves a great legacy that ensures that an indispensable service, vital to the community is solidly established and ready to assist people dealing with all cancer related issues.  Kathleen is the bedrock on which GCS was founded and her fantastic and selfless contribution to the GCS cause will always be fondly remembered.

The GCS service extends over the catchment area of Greystones, Kilcoole, Delgany, Newcastle and Newtownmountkennedy.  Despite family commitments and her many other community interests, Kathleen was always available to visit the sick at home or in hospital and to transport people for medical appointments irrespective of the distance and time involved.  The needs of the individual were assessed, and structures were put in place by Kathleen to ensure that the best and most appropriate services were made available.

The long hours she worked over the years and indeed which she continued to work to this very day are legendary.  It was never a surprise for GCS committee members to receive an email from Kathleen at seven in the morning or eleven o’clock at night setting out the needs of individuals or families needing help.  She attended the office every day and her enthusiasm and energy ensured that the services made available were always of the highest standard.  It must be remembered that all her work was voluntary and she neither sought nor expected any honour or recognition in this regard.

Apart from her empathy for the sick, Kathleen has a deep knowledge and interest in the community. She knows most people by their first name.  The General Committee are more than aware that commitment like hers and her personal attributes are nearly impossible to replace.  The committee wish to place on record their gratitude for the support and guidance received from Kathleen over the years.  We are sure that we can also speak on behalf of hundreds of members who have utilised the services of our support group including on behalf of the families supported by Kathleen in her various roles during her time with GCS.

We now wish Kathleen a future filled with happiness, good health, great friendships and with lots of activities in her well-deserved retirement.

Many people have enquired about a farewell party for Kathleen.  True to her nature, she has indicated that she would not be comfortable with any such event and we respect her wishes. Happily, we know that Kathleen will be there in the “wings” and will always be a great friend to all in Greystones Cancer Support.

GCS Summer Lunch @Glenview Hotel

Many thanks to those who came to our GCS Summer Lunch 2019 last Wednesday.
We can all agree that it was a wonderful afternoon.
Our day would not have been the same without your being there.

Thank you to all who made the day such a success !!
And helping GCS to mark 25 Years of Community Cancer Care.
Special thanks to Canadh Le Chéile for superb singing.
Alan McDonald for his donation of €4,140 for Camino Walk in May.

Niamh Fortune for launching her new booklet,  The Aftermath.
Copies of Niamh’s very inspiring booklet are available here at GCS.
Minella Seery celebrates her 90th birthday this year.
Delia Barry celebrates her 80th birthday this year.
They were each presented with a gorgeous floral basket arrangement to mark their big days.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to you both !

John McGowan,  as always,  took the photos,  see how happy we all are !!
Thank you,  John !!

Photos are now on our website,  https://www.greystonescancersupport.com/our-midsummer-dinner-2019/.

Please go online and have a look.  You will get lots of other information as well !!
Thank you to Margaret Traynor from Stepping Online.ie.

And Paul Byrne from Greystones Guide.ie has the story and photos.
https://www.greystonesguide.ie/afternoon-delight/
Thank you,  Paul !!

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