By Aideen O’Flaherty
A LOCAL association for people with disabilities, which distributes activity packs and remains in contact with service users via its new local service, wishes to thank a number of local businesses who have made donations to them.
Staff from the Lucan-based Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), which supports people with physical and sensory disabilities, have been on the road five days a week since the lockdown began, delivering activity packs to service users at Tallaght, Clondalkin, Lucan and Ballyfermot.
Pat delivering a gourmet cheese package to Rita
Each week, the staff deliver 60 packs containing things like board games, crosswords and mosaics, and they keep in touch with their service users through their local service, where they stay in regular contact either by phone, or by cats at social distance in their gardens.
Users of the service also received a surprise with their packs last week, as the Redcow-based Traditional Cheese Company donated packs of cheese, crackers and relish to all users of the service – this is just one example of one of the many examples of local businesses. support the IWA during this period.
“It makes a huge difference,” said Ciaran McLoughlin, IWA’s service manager. “We cannot forget the generosity of local businesses.
“Just to get something like the cheese pack, users of the service really like it.”
Janet Healy, IWA Technical Support Manager, added: “They were thrilled with the cheese packs, it was just the joy of getting something completely different.
Ray delighted with the gift box, a coffee and a chat
“They were thrilled and it meant so much to them. “
Other local businesses including SuperValu in Lucan, Musgraves in Ballymount, Dealz and Homebase in Fonthill, and Tesco, Mick’s Fruit and Veg and Adrian Dunne Pharmacy, all located in the Hillcrest Mall, also generously donated to the IWA in recent weeks.
“We just want to say thank you very much to the companies who have donated,” McLoughlin said. “We’re a charity, and right now our funding is down drastically, but we want to recognize the people who have given us donations – I don’t think they realize the difference it makes.
“We just want to say thank you to the local community, we wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”
David’s birthday with Jess and Pearl
The IWA tries to keep the morale of its service users up for the duration of the lockdown, and they even have a dedicated ‘party bus’ that they use to get to service users who are celebrating their birthdays, where the staff sing “Happy Birthday” and bring a cake and candles.
Donations from local businesses are also having a positive impact on service users during the lockdown, according to Ms Healy, who said: “The phone calls we receive from service users – full of gratitude, happiness and surprise to receive. these gifts – leave me speechless.
By subscribing to The Echo, you are supporting your local newspaper Click here: Echo Online.