What we do:
Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family. The charity offers families, from across the Island of Ireland, whose child has been diagnosed with cancer (aged 0-24), a free therapeutic short break at Daisy Lodge, it’s state-of-the-art facility in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down.
· A therapeutic short break gives families living with a cancer diagnosis the chance to relax and spend quality time together away from the pressures of gruelling cancer treatment and hospital visits. Families find strength from a therapeutic short break with Cancer Fund for Children. It is not a ‘holiday’ in the traditional sense but an opportunity for families to relax, spend precious time together during or after a cancer treatment and get away from the busy round of medical appointments, the isolation of hospital wards and invasive treatments. Specialist therapeutic support and a range of complementary therapies are available.
· Families describe the charity’s facilities as ‘a life line’, a ‘god send’, ‘a place where they can feel normal’, ‘make friends,’ ‘belong to a community’, ‘where they can better understand what they are going through’ and ‘a safe place where they can unblock difficult feelings in a secure environment’.
· Families can also benefit from a free self-catering break at Cancer Fund for Children’s cottages which are situated in a tranquil development along the banks of the River Bann near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.
· Wherever the family lives in Ireland, travel costs to Cancer Fund for Children’s Therapeutic Short Break Facility and Self-catering Cottages are met through the Travel for Short Breaks Grant.
· Families can be referred for a Cancer Fund for Children short break through the Social Work Team at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin.
· For more information visit www.cancerfundforchildren.com/shortbreaks/ or call us on 0044 28 9080 5599.