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Thursday, 22nd July 2021

Please support our appeal for Moneymore Childcare Centre

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For many local children Moneymore Childcare centre is their introduction to the education system and somewhere they make friends and learn to socialise.

Today Drogheda Life is asking for your support for an appeal for the fabulous Moneymore Childcare Centre which has suddenly been hit with costs of almost €70,000 to renew their kitchen and other maintenance costs.

In the 14 years since it was established, the Moneymore Childcare Centre (MCC) has cared for thousands of young children from the surrounding neighbourhood and has earned a reputation second to none. It provides an essential service in Moneymore and has earned its’s place right at the heart of the local community.

For the children it is their introduction to the education system and somewhere they make friends and learn to socialise. For their parents the Centre is vital because it is a place they can leave their children and know they will be safe and well cared for.

It’s an all-day service and the children are provided with breakfast, a hot, home-cooked dinner and two snacks daily at no extra cost to the parents.

The children love the social aspect of going to the dining room, seeing what “Nana Ann” has made for them and, of course, the fact that their children are getting good food every day is a great comfort to the parents. 

“Nana Ann” is Ann O’Rourke who cooks all the meals, and the occasional treats of course, and is much loved by all of the children. So much so that for many of the children lunchtime is the highlight of the day and they enjoy eating with friends and siblings.

Everything was going just fine until last month but then an HSE inspection took place and several changes were requested, especially in the kitchen area where the inspectors were not happy with the prep area and said a double sink needed to be fitted.

It is not possible to make the required changes without extending the kitchen but to do that they must either do away with the dining area or another room that is used for storing outdoor play equipment.

It’s either that or close the kitchen altogether. The problem is that they don’t have the money.

“Nana Ann” O’Rourke cooking up a storm in the Moneymore Chidcare Centre. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Office Manager Gemma Wilton told Drogheda Life that they’ve been quoted up to €46,000 to build a completely new kitchen. On top of that the place could do with a lick of paint and they’ve been €15,000 for that

Another, smaller, issue is that the outdoor softplay area cannot be used until the rubber matting material is replaced which is going to cost another €8,000.

So, all in all, they need to raise almost €70,000.

The goodwill in the local community has been fantastic, Gemma says. “We had generous paint donations from Colourtrend in Dundalk and Wogan Build Centre in Drogheda, we will use this for our arch and fences.” 

“We are applying for funding from the Louth CEP grant towards the kitchen but we will still have to put a large amount of money towards the costs.”

If you can help in any way Gemma or the Centre Manager Lisa Cleary would love to hear from you on 041 9800 057.

Perhaps you are in business and can help with the costs or maybe tradespeople could do some work for free?

Margaret Reilly of Grand Designs Kitchen and Bedrooms has already said that she will help with the design and, if she is awarded the tender for the fitting, she will do it at a much reduced price.

If you would like to make a cash donation Drogheda Life has set up an easy to use payment option (see below) which costs less than half of the for-profit crowdfunding platforms. 



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