Alexandra's story

Alexandra was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer. Her family was the first to stay in the newly completed Pauls House in Belfast, which opened six months into her treatment. 

Alexandra's story

Paul's House

Alexandra's father Andre said: "I had to use all of my annual leave to travel to the hospital in Belfast for Alexandra's treatment.

"The whole situation was financially horrible as we were worrying about money for the house, for bills and Christmas. Costs for petrol were very high and we were spending more money on food, as well as £15 per day for the car park. 

"There was so much information to take in and it was very overwhelming. This was when we met our CLIC Sargent Social Worker for the first time and they pointed out what was available financially.

"She was an absolutely fantastic support and struck up a great relationship with Alexandra, who felt like she could talk to her about anything.

"After being in the hospital for six months, staying in the house made the hard cancer journey so much easier. It was unbelievable. I really hope people out there know how much it meant to us. I wish it had been open from the start.

"It was heaven to eat something normal and to put on the kettle and make myself a cup of coffee. At this time, the simple things really meant so much to me."

Northern Ireland Homes from Home appeal

CLIC Sargent's Homes from Home provide free self-catering accommodation close to major hospitals so that families can stay together during their child's cancer treatment.

The Northern Ireland Appeal has raised an incredible £3.7million for two Homes from Home in Belfast – thanks to donations from the public and amazing generosity of the people of Northern Ireland.