This place is like heaven

 In News, Therapeutic Short Breaks

We were delighted to welcome Sharon McCloskey and her family to Daisy Lodge over the weekend. Her son Matthew described it as ‘like heaven’.

Sharon was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on 22nd February 2019.  She went underwent three rounds of high intensity chemotherapy.  During each round of chemo, she remained in  hospital continuously for between eight to 10 weeks.  Sharon then had a stem cell transplant in Dublin and spent a further nine weeks in hospital. She is still undergoing treatment and has been in remission for the last two months

Sharon says,

Sharon & her family with artwork they made during their short break

“Our stay at Daisy Lodge was amazing! The kids haven’t stopped talking about it.  We all had such a fantastic time. The break gave us a chance to spend time together as a family in a safe, relaxing, and comfortable environment with unbelievable scenery. The staff put us at ease right away.  They were all so friendly, welcoming, and approachable.

After the upheaval, stress and worry we’ve been through over the last year and a half our short break gave us the opportunity to feel normal again and to do the things we always loved doing as a family – playing games together, going on outings and having a laugh without having to clean up the mess afterwards!

Honestly, we don’t have enough good things to say about it.  Cancer Fund for Children do amazing things at Daisy Lodge and we just want to say thanks for having us!”


This is what her sons had to say about their short break:

‘This place is like heaven’ Matthnew

‘This place is so cool’ Joshua 

‘This place rocks’ Caleb


It is thanks to your continued support that we are able to be here for familes likes Sharon. Our short breaks provide children and families impactd by cancer with a chance to receive specialist support from trained practitioners, to relax and spend quality time together in a unique and peaceful environment, far removed from gruelling cancer treatment and importantly meet other families in a similar situation.

If you would like to make a donation to help us ensure families don’t have to face cancer alone please donate here.

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