After more than two years of hard work and with fantastic support from our volunteers, fundraisers and donors it is with great pleasure that we can announce that the first CLIC Sargent Home from Home in Northern Ireland is now open.
Northern Ireland's first Home from Home opens in Belfast
The house was officially opened by the Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal Patrons Barry and Sandra McGuigan and special guest the Minister for Health, Edwin Poots (MLA).
Located within a ‘slipper walk’ from the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, the home will be used by families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital. The new home will officially open its doors to families in January 2014.
Currently families in Northern Ireland dealing with childhood cancer can face an average round trip of 95 miles, several times per week in order to receive cancer treatment and spend an additional £360 per month. Costs will include travel, fuel, meals and accommodation.
The CLIC Sargent Children’s Home from Home will go someway in helping to ease the financial and emotional impact of childhood cancer.
About the Northern Ireland Appeal
The NI Homes from Home appeal is a £3.7million capital project and is the largest undertaken by CLIC Sargent in Northern Ireland.
The opening of the children’s Home from Home marks the completion of the first phase of the Appeal. CLIC Sargent plans to start phase two of the Appeal in early 2014 by building a similar style home for young people aged between 16 and 24 years of age.
The Home from Home will be within walking distance of the Belfast City Hospital and Northern Ireland Cancer Centre. The support received to date from the Northern Ireland public, donors and volunteers has been tremendous. We very much hope this will continue into 2014 as we attempt to raise the remaining £1million needed to make the teenager and young adult home a reality.
How you can get involved
Northern Ireland CLIC Sargent fundraisers are always coming up with new and innovative ways to allow you to get involved and support the charity.
In fact there are a few big events coming up that will do just that:
Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon - 5 May 2014
Run the 2014 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon for CLIC Sargent, the official nominated charity. Your ‘Run for Home’ will make a real difference. Find out more about the Belfast City Marathon.
Wig Wednesday – 21 May 2014
Wig Wednesday is one big day in May when people across the UK unite to raise vital funds for children and young people with cancer – Will you get your wig on? Find out more about Wig Wednesday.
Rachel Johnston and her daughter Honour from Millisle received support from CLIC Sargent when Honour was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
They believe a Home from Home in Northern Ireland could make a real difference:
“Sitting for hours in a hospital also adds to the anxiety. To go to a Home from Home, and sit in a comfortable and homely environment would have been great for us. It would have eliminated all of the travelling which took its toll on Honour and made her very sick.”
Barry and Sandra McGuigan support the Appeal
Former world boxing champion and CLIC Sargent Patron, Barry McGuigan is Patron of the Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal, and his wife, Sandra McGuigan Chairs the Appeal Committee.
Barry says: “I know first-hand about the vital support CLIC Sargent provides for families affected by childhood cancer, because it helped our family when my daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 11.
“Home from Home accommodation in Belfast will help to reduce the emotional and financial strain for hundreds of families in Northern Ireland, so I’ll be doing whatever I can to encourage people to donate to, or support this appeal.”
Find out more
If you would like to get involved and help support CLIC Sargent's Northern Ireland Appeal, please contact the Northern Ireland Appeal team on 02890 725 780.