Rory's Miles to Mayo
In May 2023, Rory stepped forward once again.
On Tuesday 16th May 2023, Rory set off from the Aviva Stadium, Dublin and walked over 330km across Ireland, finishing up at the site of our new therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge, in Cong, Co. Mayo on Thursday 25th May. Rory has set himself the incredible target of raising €2 Million and needs you by his side to make it possible.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, life changes for the whole family. Each month around 30 children and young people (aged 0-24) are diagnosed with cancer throughout Ireland. For every family we support, there are another six that we cannot help.
By making a donation, or taking on your own fundraising activity, you can help us ensure that every child and family impacted by cancer, in every community across Ireland, receives the right support at the right time.
About Cancer Fund for Children
Cancer Fund for Children is a charity working across the island of Ireland supporting children (aged 0-24) and families impacted by cancer.
Our mission is to ensure that no child faces cancer alone and that every young person under the age of 25 receives the right emotional and therapeutic support to help them cope better with the impact of cancer.
Cancer treatment is frightening, challenging, and isolating and can devastate families emotionally, physically, and financially.
Months of gruelling treatment and its side effects can impact on the mental health, education, and friendships of a diagnosed child. This is also an extremely worrying time for siblings who can feel like the forgotten child as their parents focus their attention on their sick sibling.
For many parents struggling to care for a child with cancer, whilst working and maintaining a family routine, a childhood cancer diagnosis can place an enormous strain on their relationships and their finances.
At Cancer Fund for Children, we understand the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and its treatment can have on the whole family, and that beyond the essential medical care, there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt.
Our aim is to empower, connect and strengthen families, so they feel equipped to deal with whatever cancer throws at them. With amazing supporters like you by our side, we will ensure that children and young people don’t have to face cancer alone.
About Daisy Lodge
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, life changes for the whole family. Our therapeutic services help each family member cope with the emotional impact of cancer and allows them to simply be a family again.
Daisy Lodge, our therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle, Co. Down, was opened in 2014 and has welcomed over 3,300 families from across the island of Ireland during their cancer journey.
It is our vision to build a second therapeutic short break centre for children with cancer and their families in the Republic of Ireland so that we can reach even more families in need of support.
We are pleased to have secured land in the beautiful location of Cong in Co. Mayo which will uniquely offer more families the opportunity to spend quality time together in a safe and supportive environment.
The need for another therapeutic short break centre is massive. Currently, we can only provide one in seven families from across the Island of Ireland with a therapeutic short break. At any one time there is a waiting list of over 50 families waiting to come to Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, Co. Down.
Our second Daisy Lodge, Co. Mayo will allow us to more than double the number of children and parents in Ireland we support each year from 1,800 to 4,000.
When families visit Daisy Lodge, they will be able to enjoy a family cinema, an activity centre, a therapy suite, and a stunning outdoor area. Private family suites will encourage rest, relaxation, and recuperation alongside the communal areas, which are designed to gently and naturally encourage families to mix, share experiences and receive support.
The following video showcases the vision for Daisy Lodge in Co. Mayo and the plans to provide a first-class facility for families living with a cancer diagnosis.
Find out more about this amazing project online at cancerfundforchildren.com/daisy-lodge-mayo/