Sky’s the limit for Cancer Fund for Children’s Joe, Helen and Raph

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All of the team here at Cancer Fund for Children are so proud of our colleagues Helen Patterson, Joe Dickey and Raph O’Connor who all took a leap of faith by successfully completing a 13,000 feet skydive.


Whilst many fundraising efforts came to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic, Cancer Fund for Children continued to provide essential emotional support to families affected by cancer by working to reduce isolation, anxiety and stress.

Experiencing first-hand the effects that the coronavirus pandemic had on families throughout Ireland, Helen, Joe Dickey and Raph, decided to jump out of their comfort zone to help the children and families that they work with on a daily basis who are dealing with the impact of cancer.

Explaining why he decided to take part in the skydive, our Residential Services Manager Raph said:

“I want to challenge myself but more importantly I want to show solidarity to our families who face the fear and challenges of living with cancer every day. At Daisy Lodge we provide short therapeutic breaks which allow families to spend quality time together, removed from the stress of cancer. This past year has been harder than ever, but we have successfully adapted our service to ensure that we continue to have a positive impact on those children and families living with a cancer diagnosis.”

On completion of her skydive, Cancer Support Specialist Helen commented: 

“Today was genuinely one of the best days ever. Since signing up to the skydive all those months ago I have provided end of life support to three families as they courageously navigated the harshest side of cancer. It really is a privilege to support them and I hope I have made them proud today.”

Conquering his biggest fear of flying and proving that anything is possible, Joe added:

“Having lost my own friend to cancer back in 2020, Helen my colleague challenged me to join her on the skydive to raise money for the families we support. For those that know me, flying is the biggest challenge I could personally embark on but I wanted to do something to show support to all of the families impacted by cancer.”

During this challenging time for charities, our fundraisers have been leading the way and giving back. We are extremely grateful for our colleagues who conquered their fears and raised over an amazing £5,500 through this skydive. They have set an example and inspired others to get behind Cancer Fund for Children in raising much needed funds to ensure that no child faces cancer alone.

If you want to play your part to help Cancer Fund for Children continue to provide emotional support and therapeutic short breaks to children and families impacted by cancer, Cancer Fund for Children’s Summer Skydive will be held on Saturday 4th September. Find out more here.


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