Welcome to Open Door’s 2018 Annual Report. 2018 was a busy year at the Centre and we are delighted to welcome our new members. We also remember those who are no longer with us and think of them often. Improvements to the Centre included the automation of double doors making access easier to activities and facilities and some new physiotherapy aids to compliment our existing equipment. While Open Door is part funded by the HSE, we are constantly looking at ways to meet the deficit in order to continue providing support to adults with disabilities. Annual events include the Open Door Mid-Summer Lunch, the Reggie Corrigan Open Door Golf Classic, the Vhi Women’s mini marathon, bag packs, table quizzes etc. Please continue to remember Open Door and the valuable work that takes place in the Centre. Many thanks from all at Open Door for your support.
Open Door continues to work on good governance, as part of an on-going process, in order to reassure supporters that all funds go directly towards activities for adults with physical disabilities in North Wicklow and South County Dublin.
Members enjoy the many therapeutic activities available at the Centre. Activities include Art, Ceramics, Woodwork and Physiotherapy.
The annual Soroptimists table quiz took place on 26th January at Bray Golf Club. Open Door was one of the charities supported by the Soroptimists for 2018. Open Door, staff, Trustees, volunteers and friends attended on the night.
A group of volunteers helped out at a Bag Pack in Tesco, Bray, to help raise funds. Open Door also received funds from Tesco, Rathfarnham, as part of the Tesco Community Fund.
The Sugarloaf Lions Club table quiz in aid of Open Door took place at Greystones Rugby Club on 22nd February. It was great to see so many supporters of the Lions Club and of Open Door taking part on the night. Open Door received €1,000 as a result of this event.
Will Drane, nephew of the late Geoffrey Brabazon, shaved his head as a fundraiser for Open Door and raised €2,768 towards the work at Open Door. (Photo: Will Drane with his mother, Celia, and Open Door member, Maureen Ferguson.)
Our collection boxes continue to bring in much needed funds. Do you know of a shop or business that would take a box to support Open Door? Phone 01 2867123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order your collection box.
Thank you to all our volunteers and friends who helped out at the Tesco, Greystones Bag Pack on 15thand 16thMarch. Many thanks also to the staff and customers of Tesco for supporting Open Door.
We are always happy to welcome Transition Year students from local schools to Open Door as part of their work experience programme. The students spend the week getting to know members and helping out with the various activities. Many of the students also run fundraising events as part of their TY course.
Many thanks to the Dargle Bridge Club for their generous donation towards activities at Open Door. The members of Dargle Bridge Club have been supporting Open Door for many years and this is very much appreciated.
Virginia Ryan held a Cheese and Wine evening with a raffle on 18th May. Thanks to Virginia’s hospitality almost €800 was raised for the Centre.
Open Door received a Wicklow County Council Community Award at the awards ceremony on 15th May, hosted by Cllr Christopher Fox.
Many thanks to those who participated in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. A total of €2,274.50 was raised for Open Door.
The Open Door Mid-Summer Lunch took place in the Centre on Saturday 9th June. This event was completely sold out with over one hundred supporters enjoying a delicious lunch and dessert with music by Mary Fogarty and friends. The date for the 2019 lunch will be announced in April.
Many thanks to Chef John Tutty, Christopher Daly and Christina Edge for preparing delicious food for over 100 guests.
After many years of service at Open Door, Woodwork tutor and Maintenance expert, Brendan Byrne retired on 21st June. Brendan will be greatly missed by all his friends at the Centre.
A concert featuring ‘Gaudium’ conducted by Patrick Carey took place in Christ Church Bray on 24th June. This evening featuring beautiful organ music raised funds for the local parish as well as Open Door.
A fundraising concert by The Alexandria Singers ‘Pops’ Chorus from Virginia, USA took place on July 24th in St Patrick’s Church, Greystones. It was a pleasure to meet such a lovely group of musicians who were very impressed by the work at Open Door.
The Centre was closed on 26th June, 4th July and 12th July, to facilitate the annual Members’ Summer outings. This year the outings included a visit to Malahide Castle followed by a meal in the Grand Hotel, Malahide
The Centre was closed for staff training on Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd August and from Monday 6th to Friday 17th August for the annual Summer break.
The annual Reggie Corrigan Open Door Golf Classic took place at Bray Golf Club on 14th September. Following the competition there was a meal, prize-giving and entertainment by Syl Fox. 1st prize went to George Hunter, Syl Fox, Ken O’Brien and Cyril Fox with Reggie Corrigan, Ken Doherty, Barry Murphy and Breffni O’Hagan in 2nd place. The 2019 Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday 13th September at Bray Golf Club.
Open Door was one of the charity partners for the 2018 Enniskerry Festival which took place in September. A total of €2,000 was presented to Open Door at an awards ceremony.
We were delighted to show Senator Joan Freeman the activities at Open Door on her visit in October.
Open Door was happy to work with a team of 6 UCD students as part of their Service Learning Module. The team’s project was to help raise awareness of Open Door in the wider community.
We received a grant from the HSE National Lottery grants scheme to purchase a new Elliptical Trainer to compliment our exisiting physiotyherapy equipment.
The annual Member’s Christmas party took place on Thursday 20th December. Traditional Christmas fare, a visit from Santa and music by ‘Take 2’ were enjoyed by members, staff, volunteers and Trustees
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
You can help through making a direct donation at www.opendoor.ie , providing raffle prizes for our fundraising events, donating supplies for Art, Woodwork and Craft, making Open Door your Charity of the Year, taking part in the Reggie Corrigan Golf Classic, the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon or any one of our events listed on the calendar or by offering to volunteer at the Centre on a regular basis.