Cancer Fund for Children in Ireland

Cancer Fund for Children Daisy Lodge Co. Mayo

We opened our first therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge Newcastle, in 2014. In just five years, we provided nurturing therapeutic short breaks to more than 2,140 families affected by cancer from all across Ireland.

The need for therapeutic short breaks is overwhelming. For every family we support, there are another seven we can not.

Therefore, we made the decision to build a second Daisy Lodge  to ensure all families across Ireland get the vital emotional support they need.

We’re building our therapeutic short break centre – Daisy Lodge, Co. Mayo – on the beautiful shores of Lough Corrib, beside Cong Village.  It’s a tranquil, natural haven of forest, lough shore and fresh air. We are delighted to say we have finished the building design, received planning permission and purchased the land.

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 childhood 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 plan to open a second facility in Co. Mayo.

Our 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.

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Eimear and Cameron’s Story

Eimear and Cameron Hardiman live in Navan.  Their three year old daughter Clodagh was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 16 months old.  They describe the family’s short break in Daisy Lodge, Newcastle, as a light shining in a very dark place and welcome the news that we plan to build Daisy Lodge Co. Mayo.

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’ve taken the first steps.  Now we need your help so we can support every family affected by childhood cancer across Ireland.

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