Great Gatsby Gala Ball A Roaring Success!

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On Friday 26th October we transported guests back to the roaring 20’s at a Great Gatsby Gala Ball in the Shelbourne Hotel Dublin.  Today, we are thrilledCancer Fund for Children Great Gatsby to announce that a staggering €175k has been raised to help us on our way to build a new therapeutic short break facility in Connacht.

320 guests attended this evening of glitz and glamour including broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr, singer-songwriter and former Eurovision winner Paul Harrington, former Miss Ireland and Herald columnist Holly Carpenter, fashion designer Eamonn McGill, and stand-up comedian Colm O’Regan, who was our wonderful compere for the evening.  Check out our gallery of photos from the evening here.

The Ball is part of a five-year programme which aims to raise €1 million to help build a new therapeutic short break centre for families from across Ireland facing the devastating impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis.  The new centre, which will be known as Daisy Lodge Connacht, will be built at Lisloughrey, Cong, Co. Mayo.


Daisy Lodge Helped Us Heal

Cancer Fund for Children Great Gatsby

Keith & Janet Forristal

Mum, Janet Forristal from Kilkenny spoke movingly to guests about how her family benefited from support from Cancer Fund for Children after her son Robbie was diagnosed with cancer when he was just eight months old.  She said,

“The moment that we were told that our little baby had cancer, life as we knew it was never going to be the same again. What was once a very normal, happy life with hopes for the future had turned into a world full of worry, anxiety, fear and panic.  When we went to Daisy Lodge, it helped us to heal as a family. I remember the first time that we arrived there, our spirits were broken, and we were shattered and exhausted. For the first time in three years I could breathe. It was like the energy from the ground reached out and give us a big family hug and said that everything was going to be ok.”

She added,

“We were blessed to be able to experience this wonderful place and the beautiful people. We know that having another Daisy Lodge in Mayo will mean so much to so many families, and give them the chance to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually like our family did.”


Therapeutic Short Breaks

We currently provides free short breaks to families from across the Island of Ireland at our specialist facility Daisy Lodge in Newcastle Co. Down, providing families with a chance to receive specialist support and spend quality time together in a purpose-built and peaceful environment.  Our new centre in Connacht will further ensure that no family in Ireland must face cancer alone.  With planning approval now secured, a major fundraising drive has commenced to secure €14.5 m to build and run the purpose-built complex over the first three years.

Our Chief Executive Gillian Creevy added,

“On average, 32 young people from 0-24 years old are diagnosed with cancer every month in Ireland.  This means that one family every day faces the devastating news that their child has cancer.  Proceeds from this year’s Great Gatsby Gala Ball will take us one step closer to building a new therapeutic centre in Connacht allowing families the space and time they need to reconnect, to rest and rebalance at possibly the most vulnerable, difficult and exhausting times in their lives.”


Get Involved

Find out more about our plans for a new therapeutic short break centre and how to get involved here.  If you would like to support our fundraising campaign please contact Belinda Kearns, Relationship Manager on 00 353 8770 86484 or email

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