THERE is a growing air of confidence that Sea View House will remain a supported residential service when Portland District Health relinquishes control of the facility late next month.
Earlier this month, the community-based Friends of Sea View House group issued an SOS, saying it was in urgent need of financial support to meet the $300,000 start-up capital requirement placed on it by the PDH board of management to operate the facility.
Friends’ steering committee chairwoman Myra Bourke said yesterday she believed the group was only $25,000 short of the $300,000 target.
She said the figure included donations already received and other promised donations not yet paid by members of the community.
“What we need is for those generous members of the community who have made verbal pledges to come good with the donations which will be placed in a trust account … it is our belief and hope at this stage that we will never have to draw on the account,” she said.
A recent meeting between steering committee representatives Mrs Bourke and Peter Walsh and two PDH board members, Ray Gilby and Anita Rank, in a bid to reduce the $300,000 figure, failed to gain support from the PDH board.
Read more in Monday’sPortland Observer.