Carson McDowell staff visit Daisy Lodge

11 April 2016


Harry Robinson and Zara Treacy from Carson McDowell’s Charity Committee recently visited Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short-break facility. They heard first-hand how the money raised from an abseil in 2015 has helped make a difference to local families living with cancer. Ana Wilkinson, Corporate Fundraiser, Cancer Fund for Children, said: “We are really grateful to the team at Carson McDowell who took part in the abseil and raised over £950 to support Cancer Fund for Children’s work. Cancer Fund for Children receive less than 0.3% Government Funding and so we rely on the support of local companies and individuals to provide our services. It was a pleasure to show Harry and Zara around Daisy Lodge, the charity’s therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle County Down, to give them a glimpse of how vital support like Carson McDowell’s is to so many local families.

“Every week in Northern Ireland, three more families will hear the devastating news that their child (aged 0-24 years) has cancer. For these families the future is uncertain and worrying as they face physical, emotional and financial challenges. As the leading children’s cancer charity in NI, Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond essential medical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt.”

With over 40 years’ of experience Cancer Fund for Children are experts in their field, providing specialist services, advice and support to children and young people (0-24) diagnosed with cancer and their families and to families where a parent of children (0-24) has been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Fund for Children’s wrap-around services include: one to one and group support from therapeutic specialists, short breaks at Daisy Lodge, self-catering breaks in Coleraine and financial grants. Cancer Fund for Children currently works with over 350 families and over 800 children and young people at any one time.