Take A Tour Of Daisy Lodge
Therapeutic Short Breaks
Daisy Lodge is a purpose-built therapeutic centre located in Newcastle Co. Down for families 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 away from the pressures of gruelling cancer treatment and hospital visits.
Who can stay at Daisy Lodge?
Free therapeutic short breaks are available to:
- Families whose child (0-24) has been diagnosed with cancer*
- Families where a parent of children (0-24) has been diagnosed with cancer
- Young adults (18-25) who have been diagnosed with cancer
- Bereaved families, who have been supported by Cancer Fund for Children
*Families from ROI can be referred through the Social Work Team at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.
Family Friendly Facilities
Daisy Lodge’s five star facilities include:
6 double en-suite family rooms | Well-being centre and gym | Four therapy suite | Playroom and games room | Teenagers 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.
Our dedicated team of Residential based Cancer Support Specialists will be there to offer support throughout your stay. Participation in activities are by choice and families are encouraged to take part in:
Family Group Work
Taking part in group work engages the whole family and helps to build resilience and connects family members. This is a great opportunity to create lasting memories and also get to know other families staying at Daisy Lodge.
These sessions provide more focused support based on the individual’s needs. They allow participants to identify and express their emotions and develop positive coping strategies.
Group work sessions
Involves groups of between 5-12 people who have had a similar experience. These creative sessions help to reduce isolation, increase confidence and wellbeing, and create opportunities for participants to share their story.
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 – a calm sanctuary with soothing sounds and relaxing aromas
- Hair and beauty – enjoy our beauty therapies including hair styling, facials, manicures and pedicures
- Sauna – relax in our rustic wood sauna
Complementary therapy does not replace traditional medicine, but works alongside it to alleviate stress, improve well-being and ultimately quality of life. Our treatments are free of charge and offered to adults (male and female) and diagnosed children. All our therapists are trained in adapting therapies for cancer patients.
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
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.
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.
If you need to contact Daisy Lodge directly, please call us on 0044 28 4372 4212.
Daisy Lodge and Narnia
124a Bryansford Road
"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."
“Daisy Lodge became our sanctuary, our retreat away from hospital, our resting place, our safe place. I think my standout memory was seeing Zara laughing with the other children. When Zara was diagnosed with cancer, it was like a part of her disappeared. I just remember her sitting in front of the fire at Daisy Lodge and just smiling. She found her spirit again. She remembered who she was.”
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, myself and my husband Brendan became worried about how it would affect our three children. It was when I was in hospital getting treatment that I found out about Cancer Fund for Children’s Young Shoulders Programme. The children were able to go on residentials at Narnia Log Cabin. They were able to learn life skills, and share their feelings and experience with other young people who knew what it was like to have a parent with cancer. It made such a difference to them.”