Charity Tractor Run Supports Daisy Lodge Cancer Support Facility

Posted in Connect on December 9, 2019.


 In 2018, Mayo County Council granted planning permission to the Cancer Fund for Children charity, authorising the construction of their new therapeutic facility, Daisy Lodge, in Lisloughrey, near Cong. The charity boasts over 45 years’ experience of delivering emotional and practical support to children who have been diagnosed with cancer, and to their families by facilitating short, therapeutic breaks in a non-clinical setting.

Since the opening of their first Daisy Lodge in County Down in 2014, more than 2,000 families have availed of the incredible services offered by the charity. Due to the enormous demand for facilities of its kind, Cancer Fund for Children decided to open a new Daisy Lodge in County Mayo.

This new facility will provide specialist support to 400 families every year and will offer a whole host of new amenities, including: seven family suites, a lounge and dining area, family cinema and activity area, and a relaxation area for parents that offers a therapy suite and beauty treatment rooms. The charity’s chief executive, Phil Alexander, said that the new space will be a “wonderful haven of peace and tranquility” and will aid the organisation in reaching its long-term goal, which is to ensure that “no family has to face cancer alone.”

The project, which will cost an estimated €14.5 million, has garnered major support from a variety of people and organisations, with Rory McIlroy’s charitable foundation donating €1.2 million to the project. Keen to endorse and assist in such an admirable undertaking, the ‘London 2 Mayo Charity Tractor Run’ have announced that they will be donating all proceeds from their annual charitable event in 2020 toward the building of the lodge. The Irish launch night for the Tractor Run will take place in Lydon’s Lodge in Cong next Friday, the 13th December at 9pm. The night will feature live music from Martin and Kelly, and representatives from Cancer Fund for Children will also be present. All donations from the night will be going towards the building of Daisy Lodge, and a gofundme link is provided below for those who wish to donate.

Mayo County Council are delighted to support such a worthy cause, with Chief Executive Peter Hynes saying the project is “located in a beautiful part of the county” and that it will help “bring solace to children and their families in a time of need.”

Gofund me link: <https://www.gofundme.com/f/cancer-fund-for-children-daisy-lodge-cong?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR2TgIdut-vVkdvjefJCSK-PIVmwahVejOlHxrULG0rh8g1mpsxth9yHE08>

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