Galwegians’ support needed to complete new domestic abuse service facility

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COPE Galway is looking for support from the people of Galway to help raise the remaining €1million needed to complete the redevelopment of a purpose-built home for the organisation’s Domestic Abuse Service.

The redevelopment and refurbishment of Modh Eile House on Forster Street will offer a new, enhanced facility, which is urgently needed for many women and children in Galway.

The local organisation is launching its ‘Buy a Brick for Modh Eile’ fundraising appeal on Thursday, 27 June, when the construction team will briefly down tools to allow part of the building to open to the Galway public from 11am to 1.30pm.

Construction at Modh Eile House commenced in November 2018 and is on target for completion in December 2019, with much of the major refurbishment, construction and roofing works done.

Jacquie Horan, CEO said: “This project is a reality – one that you can be a part of.

“For most of us in Galway, when we close our front door, we know we are safe. Unfortunately, there are many in our local communities who experience the trauma of domestic abuse in all its forms, and when they look to COPE Galway for protection and support, they and their children deserve a facility that will meet their needs.

“We have raised two thirds of the money required to redevelop the site – now we need your help.

“We’re calling on the people of Galway to come behind us and help bring us across the line to create a safe place for women and children in Galway.”

The construction and fit-out cost of Modh Eile House is €4.3 million.

Thanks to a Capital Assistance Scheme grant of €2.4 million and significant donations from a number of very generous benefactors, COPE Galway has made significant progress towards meeting this target.

However, to address the €1 million shortfall, Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway’s Head of Development explained: “We are asking individuals, companies and organisations all over Galway to make a donation to our “Buy a Brick for Modh Eile” campaign.

“Donors will be given a name credit on our virtual wall and donations can also be given anonymously.

“The funds raised will not only help us to build a new refuge and service for women and children experiencing domestic abuse but will also help us rebuild the lives of the women and children who use this service. ”

All are welcome to a first preview of the facility at 47, Forster Street (former Sisters of Mercy Convent), on Thursday, 27th June from 11am to 1.30pm.

To buy a brick and help raise vital funds for the new Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge at Modh Eile House, click here or phone COPE Galway on 091 778750.