Ireland Rugby Players Visit Young People Affected By Cancer

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Dreams Come True


Ireland rugby Captain Rory Best and teammate Jacob Stockdale made dreams come true on Monday 26th February when they visited young people affected by cancer at our therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge.

Hot off the back of their Six Nations win against Wales at the weekend, the players took time out of their busy schedule to visit families at staff at our short break centre, situated at the foothills of the Mournes in Newcastle.

Alex Corr (age 14) from Ballyclare and James Napier (age 15) from Ballyhackamore in Belfast, who have both benefitted from our support, were delighted to meet their rugby heroes, get autographs signed as well as share some photographs with the stars.

The Ireland Internationals then joined our Chief Executive Gillian Creevy on a tour of the short break facility, which has provided over 1,400 short breaks to families affected by cancer since it opened in April 2014.


Gillian said:

Ireland Rugby Captain Rory Best and teammate Jacob Stockdale present Cancer Fund for Children’s Chief Executive with a signed Ireland jersey.


“We were absolutely thrilled to welcome Rory and Jacob to Daisy Lodge, after their triumphant Six Nations win at the weekend. It was fantastic to show them around our therapeutic short break centre, and for them to be able to meet some of the young people who have benefitted from our support.

“At Daisy Lodge families have precious time to be together during a traumatic and challenging time, benefit from the therapeutic and holistic support provided by Cancer Fund for Children’s team of Specialists, gain support from other families in a similar situation and create special memories.

“For young Alex and James, the players’ visit was extra special. The Ireland team have shown that with passion, belief and team spirit, so much can be achieved. We hope to pass this positivity on to all of the young people we support.

“A huge thank you to them for taking the time out of their busy schedules and helping to create some very special and happy memories. Our best wishes for the rest of the Six Nations tournament.”


Shoulder To Shoulder


Before the players left, we made sure they rounded off a memorable day by signing our visitor book.

Speaking about the visit, Captain Rory Best added:

“It was absolutely fantastic to see around this amazing facility and meet Alex and James. This is an incredible place for families affected by cancer. Keep up the great work.”


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