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Therapeutic Short Breaks

Daisy Lodge is our purpose-built therapeutic centre located in Newcastle Co. Down for families across the island of Ireland affected by cancer. Designed with your comfort in mind, during your stay you will be able to spend quality time together in a safe and supportive environment, far removed from the pressures of cancer treatment and hospital wards.

Who can stay at daisy lodge?

Therapeutic short breaks are available to:

Families who have a child (aged 0-24) diagnosed with cancer*

Families where a parent of children (aged 0-17) has been diagnosed with cancer

Young adults (aged 18-25) who have been diagnosed with cancer

Bereaved families, who have been supported by Cancer Fund for Children


*Families of children diagnosed with cancer from ROI can be referred through our dedicated worker within Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin.

Family Friendly Facilities

Daisy Lodge’s five star facilities include:

6 double en-suite family rooms | Well-being centre and gym | Four therapy suites | Playroom and games room | Teenager’s space | Communal lounges | Home cinema | Safe and fun outdoor play areas | Restaurant and dining room

A short break at Daisy Lodge offers both privacy and the opportunity to meet and gain support from other families.

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Therapeutic Support

Our dedicated team of Cancer Support Specialists will be there to support you and your family throughout your stay.  Our Cancer Support Specialists are experienced in working alongside families affected by cancer.  They work hard to ensure that you and your family are comfortable and cared for throughout your stay.  

Family Group Work

During your stay you will be welcome to join one of our family group work sessions should you wish to do so.  Our team have a range of creative ways to engage your whole family in activities that promote connection, relaxation, and fun.  All workshops are optional.

Peer Support

During your stay you will also have the opportunity to meet individuals and families who may be experiencing similar challenges to you and your family.  Peer support can be reassuring. It can help normalise thoughts and feelings.  Families tell us that speaking to others who truly understand the strain of living with cancer can bring comfort and understanding.

Rest and Relaxation

Parents can let their mind and body switch off in our well-being centre.  Here you will enjoy precious time to unwind and focus on you.

Relaxation Room
Relaxation Room

A calm sanctuary with soothing sounds and relaxing aromas

Hair and Beauty
Hair and Beauty

Enjoy our beauty therapies including hair styling, facials, manicures and pedicures


Relax in our rustic wood sauna

Complementary Therapies

Our team of fully trained complementary therapists will be there to deliver a range of therapies which promote relaxation and wellness.  Complementary therapy does not replace traditional medicine, but works alongside it to alleviate stress, improve well-being and ultimately quality of life. All our therapists are trained in adapting therapies for cancer patients and each family will be offered two treatments on arrival.

complementary therapies help:

Promote relaxation
Reduce stress, feelings of anxiety and low mood
Improve sleep and a sense of well-being
Reduce aches and pains
Rejuvenate and refresh
Help you feel more in control

Our treatment menu includes:

Aromatherapy Massage
Indian Head Massage
Relaxation and Visualisation

Nutritious Meals

All our food is seasonal and locally sourced.  Families can choose from a daily menu, cooked by our team of chefs, and enjoy meal times together in our beautiful dining room overlooking the Mourne Mountains. We have also been awarded a five star rating by the Food Standards Agency every year since opening and are members of Taste of Ulster.

Taste of Ulster

Short breaks booking

If you want to book a short break or have a query about your stay, please get in touch with your Cancer Support Specialist.

Online Referral Form

If you need to contact Daisy Lodge directly, please call us on 0044 28 4372 4212.

 Daisy Lodge and Narnia

124a Bryansford Road


BT33 0PP

When Tom started treatment it was as if the cancer had robbed us of a normal family life. You can’t go out and show off the baby. You can’t do the things that other new mummies enjoy. It robs you of that special time. It was very isolating. Until you are in the situation yourself, you really don’t know how invaluable Cancer Fund for Children’s services are.

Karen Brown

Mum of baby Tom who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was just four weeks old

Health & Wellbeing Overnights

Throughout the year we hold Health and Well-Being overnight breaks in Daisy Lodge for parents of children with cancer and parents who are diagnosed with cancer. These short breaks are designed to improve overall well-being.

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