Hope Centre celebrates 20th anniversary
The Hope Cancer Support Centre has been a beacon of light for the people of County Wexford for the past 20 years
The Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy provides one of the most important community services in the county and that fact was acknowledged when it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The day began with a small gathering of founder members at the Church Institute in Church Street where the first meeting of the centre took place in 1999.
The centre was founded by Noel Matthews, Edna James and Karen Reck.
Unfortunately, they are all deceased but family members were in attendance at the anniversary event which was both reflective and inspirational.
Michael Jordan, who organises the Hope and Dream fundraiser each year, spoke about the ceremony to this newspaper and said the organisers wanted it to be a simple, thoughtful celebration of the last 20 years.
From humble beginnings in two rented rooms in the Church Institute the organisation now operates out of its own centre and it's range of services has grown enormously over the last two decades.
'To be honest there is even room for more expansion,' said Mr Jordan, with regard to how many people avail of the centre and its services.
As part of the anniversary celebrations current chairperson, Una Doherty, planted an oak tree with the assistance of volunteer gardener, John Stamp.
Mr Jordan pointed out that the tree is very symbolic as the ethos of the Hope Centre is that 'from a very small acorn, grows a huge oak tree'.
The management team at the centre thanked the local authority for facilitating the planting ceremony by clearing the area where the tree was placed in the ground.
It was a moving yet celebratory event to acknowledge a brilliant organisation.