For over 40 years Cancer Fund for Children has been delivering support to children and young people affected by cancer and their families in NI, and for the last 20 years, we have also been providing short breaks for families caring for a child with cancer from across all of Ireland. We are the only charity in Ireland providing free therapeutic short breaks to children and their families.
Such has been the demand for this support at our specialist centre Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle Co. Down, Cancer Fund for Children has decided to build a second facility.
Cancer Fund for Children plan to roll out a range of residential and community based services across Ireland. These services are designed to offer specialist support to children and young people, as well as parents and siblings.
Our ambitious plans will be delivered province by province, commencing with Connacht where a site has been identified and planning permission is being sought.
We have chosen Connacht because our research and feedback has highlighted an increased level of isolation experienced by families living there. In addition, parents and children living in Connacht have the furthest distances to travel to their Dublin treatment hospitals and have very limited access to any community-based specialist support services.
How is it progressing?
Cancer Fund for Children Ireland is now an officially registered charity in Ireland – Registered Charity Number 20142681 and is also recognised by the Irish Revenue Commissioners with CHY number 21682. This means we can begin to raise funds in Ireland to make Project Connacht a reality.
A potential site has been identified in Cong, Co Mayo for the development of a therapeutic short break centre for families affected by cancer and we hope to be able to update you with further information soon.
How can you help?
We are currently seeking Major Donors to support Project Connacht. If you would like to learn more about our work please email Joanne or call 3531 5621 580.
Our first Cancer Fund for Children Ireland event will be our inaugural Gala Ball on 8th September 2017 at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Take a look at our Gala Ball brochure for more details. It promises to be an amazing night with the first Global Impact on Childhood Cancer Award being presented to The Rory Foundation, the charitable foundation of four-time Major Golf Winner Rory McIlroy, we’d be delighted to see you there!
Project Connacht Architects Impression