NICFC - Cancer Fund for Children



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Who we are and what we do:

Cancer Fund for Children is the leading local charity that provides practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people aged 0 to 24 affected by cancer & their families. We offer free therapeutic short breaks to families from N. Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at Daisy Lodge in Newcastle Co. Down and self-catering breaks at Pine, Birch and Oak Cottages in Coleraine.

Our team of specialists offers support at home, in the community, on the hospital ward, at our short break facility and during residential breaks at our purpose-built Narnia log cabin.

Cancer Fund for Children understands the impact cancer has on the whole family. We support:

  • Children who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • The siblings of a child who has been diagnosed with cancer
  • The parents of a child who has been diagnosed with cancer
  • A child whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer

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Every week in Northern Ireland, another three children, teenagers or young adults, aged between 0-24 years old, are diagnosed with cancer.  Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond the essential clinical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt. Our team of experienced Specialists help families cope with the impact cancer has on their lives, and they support them through life, both during and after treatment, and sadly in some cases, bereavement.

The children and families we support are at the heart of everything we do and throughout our website you’ll get to meet some of them and hear more about their experiences.


Charity literature:

Below you will find a selection of our charity literature that outlines the range of services we provide. Feel free to print these PDFs out or contact us if you would like a hardcopy sent to you.

Helpful Handbook

Short Break FAQs

Why should I book a short break


Charity background and income information

Established in 1973, Cancer Fund for Children has over 40 years’ experience in the field of cancer support for children and families.

We are a registered charity and receive less than 0.3% of our income from government funding.  Therefore we rely on donations and volunteers in order to continue to deliver our support services throughout Northern Ireland.

Cancer Fund for Children is a Company Limited by Guarantee and registered in Northern Ireland. Registration Number NI049930 and Inland Revenue No XR29768.

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