Cancer Fund for Children in Ireland

Cancer Fund for Children has announced exciting plans to extend the services it provides to families throughout Ireland. 

We’re delighted that planning permission has been granted for a new therapeutic facility for families facing a devastating childhood cancer diagnosis at Lisloughrey, situated near Cong in County Mayo.

For over 40 years we have been delivering a wide range of support services to children and young people affected by cancer and their families in Northern Ireland, and for the last twenty years, we have also been providing short breaks to families caring for a child with cancer from across all of Ireland.

The new therapeutic centre in Mayo will further Cancer Fund for Children’s purpose – to ensure no family in Ireland must face cancer alone.

Gap in Support

In 2015 Cancer Fund for Children undertook research into the services provided to families throughout Ireland who are coping with the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis. Our research revealed that aside from essential medical care and help from a small number of charities, overall support was scarce and fragmented.

As a result of these findings, and the fact that demand for therapeutic short breaks at Daisy Lodge, has exceeded available capacity (there are currently 50 families waiting to use the service at any given time) we have announced our plans to open a second facility in Co. Mayo Connacht.

For every family we support there are four more in need of a therapeutic short break. This new therapeutic short break centre in Co. Mayo will allow us to increase the number of families we support from 400 to 800 a year, ensuring more families across Ireland can access the essential non-clinical support they need.

Cancer Fund for Children Ireland

Why Connacht?

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.

Find out more about the project by watching this short video.

The Rory Foundation

Our plans are being backed by the Rory Foundation, the charitable foundation of four time Major Winner Rory McIlroy, who have pledged €1.2m as part of major donor strategy that will help turn our long term vision into a reality.

How You Can Get Involved

We’re absolutely delighted that planning permission has been granted for a new therapeutic short break centre in County Mayo, but we need your support to help make this dream a reality for families affected by cancer.

If you would like to support our appeal to build Daisy Lodge Co. Mayo please contact our Relationship Development Manager, Belinda Kearns on or call 353 8770 86484.

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Rory Voices His Support

“Having seen Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, County Down being developed from its foundations to what it is today is amazing. I’ve been back a couple of times since it opened and the facilities are exceptional. I have no doubt it will be the same in County Mayo. I am honoured to be able to support a second project.”

Rory McIlroy, Rory Foundation

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  • “I think it will be great to have a similar service in the South for families. I would be in and out of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin from time to time and it’s the same rooms, it’s the same doctors and nurses, but it’s different faces, and they are going through the same experience as us. When we knew we were going for our short break at Daisy Lodge in Newcastle we would be talking about it for months. It gave us something to look forward to. The whole experience changed us as a couple. We look at life differently now. At the end of the day we still have Laura. We are the lucky ones.”

    Jonathan Crossan, Co. Monaghan Father of Laura who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2015
  • “In the hospital setting at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, we provide the medical care that families need. What we cannot do alone, is rebuild families lives, those devastated by a childhood cancer diagnosis. That is what Cancer Fund for Children does in a truly exceptional way.”

    Mary O'Rourke Senior Social Worker at Our Lady's Children's Hospital