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Charity hopes financial aid for cancer patients will continue

Robert O’Connor (Relay For Life Donegal) with Jim Ó Dohmnaill and Freddie O’Donnell of Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse.

Robert O’Connor (Relay For Life Donegal) with Jim Ó Dohmnaill and Freddie O’Donnell of Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse.

BY SEÁN P. FEENY
THE co-founder of a Donegal cancer group hopes a financial programme introduced for cancer patients in the county will continue following its six-month pilot period.

The programme offers financial aid to cancer patients living in Donegal and was introduced by the Irish Cancer Society. It ends in June.

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The scheme, which was secured by members of Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse, Gaoth Dobhair, and Robert O’Connor of Donegal Relay For Life, is offering patients more direct access to financial aid, including a 24-hour emergency approval.

Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse’s Freddie O’Donnell, Knockastoller, who set up the group with Aodán Ó Gallachóir, Lunniagh, in July, 2013, has said he is hoping to meet with a representative of the Irish Cancer Society in the coming weeks.

The daughter of a West Donegal man about to start his treatment for cancer in Galway has described the financial aid programme as a ‘godsend’. “I found out about the Irish Cancer’s Society’s pilot programme through Freddie and to be honest it was a real godsend.

To find out more about the programme, contact Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse on Mobile 083 1217857, e-mail scaoilsaor@hotmail.com

Read the full story in today’s print edition of the Donegal News.

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