Gary Kelly, was a professional footballer at Leeds United FC and member of the International Irish Squad. He donated three quarters of a million euro (proceeds of Gary’s Testimonial match held 7th May 2002 at Leeds) to a cancer-related project in Drogheda. Many of the local businesses matched Gary’s generosity by donating time, material and labour to the project.
Mandy Weldon, sister of Gary Kelly, died in 1998 through Breast Cancer and the memory of Mandy afforded Gary the opportunity to give something back to the region as a result of his successful career.
A voluntary Board of Trustees was established in 2002 and a Deed of Trust was formed for the registered charity. Premises were sourced in 2003 and renovation work began. All other costs had to be raised through donations, fundraising and sponsorship. The interior design of the centre is of a holistic and organic nature which creates a warm and tranquil atmosphere.
The centre was officially launched on a beautiful summer day, 16th June 2004 by Gary Kelly.
During Covid 2020/21 the centre supports and services were provided remotely ie. zoom, webinars and telephone. In 2021 in excess of 6,000 clients interventions were provided free of charge with running costs of more than €300,000.00. As we are not in receipt of ongoing government funding we are indebted to the public and business sector for their continued support. In 2021 we have returned to on site appointment service only ie. Physiotherapy, Lymphoedema Support, Counselling, Wigs and Prosthesis, with many more to follow over the coming months.
Mrs. Audrey Gallen
Mr. Declan Weldon
Mrs. Barbara Kelly
Mrs. Bernadette Kelly
Mrs. Marie Thompson
Mrs. Veronica Reilly
Mr Eric O’Cuinn
CRA Charity Number 20051631