The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre was the “brain child” of Mr Padraic Kilcullen (RIP). Padraic himself had multiple sclerosis and was keenly aware of the need for a facility in Sligo to cater for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
In 1991 the Yeats MS Support Group commenced a vigorous fundraising campaign for the much needed facility. The group also approached the North Western Health Board (HSE) and presented their ‘case’ – outlining the necessity for a service in the region for persons diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.The Health Board leased the old gate lodge on the grounds of St John’s Hospital to the group, gave them a financial commitment and seconded the first manager of the Centre from its staff.The building was refurbished with the monies raised by the voluntary group and was officially opened by President Mary Robinson in July 1993.
The services provided by the Centre went from strength to strength and in 1995, thanks to hard working and dedicated fund raising committee, the physiotherapy department was extended. In the summer of 1995 the first ever mini bus, for the transportation of clients, was purchased. This purchase was part-funded by the Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.
As the number of people attending the Centre continued to grow and we continued to provide additional services it was once again necessary to provide additional space and in the year 2000, thanks to the CIF under the chairmanship of Mr Tommy Horan, further refurbishments were carried out.
The project is managed by MS North West Therapy Centre Ltd.The company supports and works in co-operation with other voluntary and statutory organisations to promote treatment and support facilities not just for people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but also for their relatives and carers.
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