Festive Lunch Raises Funds for a New Therapeutic Centre in Mayo

 In Ireland, News

Celebrity guests including business women and lifestyle blogger Pippa O’Connor and her husband Brian Ormond, former Ireland Rugby International Mick Quinn and TV Cook and author Fiona Uyema attended our Daisy Christmas lunch in the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge on Thursday 12th December.


80 guests got into the festive spirit as they enjoyed a champagne reception, three course lunch, festive games and entertainment by Mick Quinn, who

Mick Quinn, Pippa O’Connor & Brian Ormond

shared tales from his time on and off the rugby pitch. Funds raised  from this event will go towards the building of a new therapeutic short break centre in County Mayo for families facing the devastating impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis.


We currently provides free short breaks to families from across the Island of Ireland at their specialist facility in Newcastle Co. Down but the reality is that for every one family they can support there are another seven in need of a short break.  Our new centre in Mayo will further ensure our purpose – to ensure no family in Ireland must face childhood cancer alone by providing them with specialist support and the opportunity to spend quality time together in a purpose-built therapeutic environment.


With planning approval now secured, we have commenced a major fundraising drive to secure €14.2 m to build a purpose-built complex which will allow us increase the number of families we support from 400 to 900 a year. Speaking about the Daisy Christmas Lunch Belinda Kearns, Cancer Fund for Children’s Relationship Manager said,


“We 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 at home and in the community. Ireland has waited too long for a short break centre for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended today’s lunch to help take raise vital funds for our capital project whilst we continue to provide short breaks to families across Ireland at Cancer Fund for Children’s specialist facility in Newcastle Co. Down.”


To find out more about our plans for a new short break centre and how to get involved visit www.cancerfundforchildren.ie or contact Belinda Kearns e: belinda@cancerfundforchildren.ie.

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