Cancer Fund for Children Ireland – Planning Permission Granted
Planning Permission Granted
We are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for our new therapeutic facility for families facing a devastating childhood cancer diagnosis at Lisloughrey, situated near Cong in County Mayo.
Since we opened the doors to Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle Co. Down, in 2014 we have welcomed more than 2,000 families for a therapeutic short break giving families the opportunity to receive specialist support from trained practitioners, to relax, re-energise and to spend quality time together as a family in a unique, purpose-built, peaceful environment, far removed from gruelling cancer treatments and hospital visits.
Daisy Lodge Newcastle is currently operating at full capacity, with a waiting list of 50 families at any given time. For every one family we can support there are four more in need of a short break. Our new therapeutic short break centre in Co Mayo will ensure greater numbers of families can access the essential non-clinical support they need and will also establish a base from which Cancer Fund for Children can eventually deliver a range of community-based services.
The site of the new therapeutic facility in Lisloughrey is within an area of outstanding natural beauty and fully in line with our therapeutic remit. The province of Connacht was chosen in response to research, which highlighted an increased level of isolation experienced by families living in this area. In addition, parents and children living in Connacht have amongst the furthest distances to travel to their Dublin treatment hospitals and often have limited access to local, community-based specialist support services.
With planning approval now secured, we will now commence a six-month Detailed Design Phase and a major fundraising drive to secure €14.5 m to build and run our purpose-built complex over three years.
The project, which will create new jobs and bring inward investment to a rural area, has been supported by The Rory Foundation. The charitable foundation of four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy has already donated €1.2m towards the building of Daisy Lodge Connacht. Following their initial support of Daisy Lodge in Co Down, they saw a huge demand for such a facility and wanted to get involved in the development of a second centre.
Speaking of the news that planning permission has been granted Cancer Fund for Children’s Chief Executive Gillian Creevy said,
“Cancer Fund for Children’s long-term goal is to ensure that no family in Ireland should face a childhood cancer diagnosis alone. Our new therapeutic short break centre will be a beautiful, nurturing and tranquil space. Nestled in a peaceful forest on the shores of stunning Lough Corrib, our new, purpose-built Daisy Lodge will allow families the space and time they need to reconnect, to rest and to rebalance at possibly the most vulnerable, difficult and exhausting time in their lives.
“We have received wonderful support from the local community and we thank them sincerely for taking the time to share their unique knowledge on the area and for their help and advice they have given to our Project Design Team. We thank also, the very many families who have helped with our research and who are the real experts when it comes to nursing a sick child.
Everyone at Cancer Fund for Children is totally committed to the project, and excited to take this next step. This is all about supporting children and their families – and we cannot wait to get started.”
Padraig O hUallachain, Strategy Business Manager, for Coillte Land Solutions added
“Coillte is delighted to have been able to play its part in enabling Cancer Fund for Children to complete this major healthcare project. Coillte is particularly pleased that this initiative will provide vital support and therapeutic care to children and their families, facing a cancer diagnosis in the West of Ireland and beyond. In addition, this investment will create significant jobs in Mayo, both during construction and on a permanent basis thereafter.”
Find out how you can support our exciting plans here.