Plans by the Join Our Boys Trust to build a home for Archie, George and Isaac Naughton which will also accommodate a “medical clinic” are continuing thanks to the ongoing generous support of the community.
That was the message delivered at a special event last week during which the media was briefed on the current status of the house-building project.
No precise date was given for when construction is likely to begin but tenders will soon be sought from suitable contractors to enable the start of the house project.
Brothers Archie, George and Isaac Naughton, who live in Roscommon town with their parents, Paula and Padraic, have all been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a condition for which there is currently no cure.
When the family’s incredible plight was publicly highlighted in 2014, locals immediately rallied to their support, setting up the Join Our Boys Trust.
At Friday’s press briefing, held in Gleeson’s Townhouse, Roscommon, Paul Cuttle of the Join Our Boys Trust explained that the three aims of the Trust were: to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; to ensure that the boys have the additional resources they require to experience the best possible quality of life for as long as possible; and to work in collaboration with and support registered charities funding research into trying to find a cure for DMD. These remains their aims.
The press briefing heard that funds raised for the Join Our Boys charity to date total just under €1m. A site was purchased with a view to building a house for the boys; the house will in effect also be a specially fitted out medical clinic. Planning permission has been secured and the building project will be done in phases.
Mindful that some people may feel progress on the house-building project has been slow, Mr. Cuttle said that “behind the scenes, work is continuing to ensure that the house can be built, will be fit for purpose for the boys and will do justice to the efforts of every single volunteer and donor to the Trust.”
Mr. Cuttle said that the support of the community has never been taken for granted.
He said: “People the length and breadth of this country have generously given of their time and money to support Join Our Boys Trust. The money raised has been used exclusively towards achieving the aims of the Trust. The Trustees, fundraisers and everyone involved in the house project are working on a voluntary basis. No wages, no fees, no commission. For that we thank each and every one.”