Good news, CLIC Sargent has hit its target! The Northern Ireland Appeal has raised an incredible £3.7m for two Homes from Home in Belfast - thanks to donations from the public and amazing generosity of the people of Northern Ireland.
Paul's House has had 93 'family stays' since opening in February 2014 and CLIC Sargent is now celebrating its one year anniversary there. This facility is already proving to be a vital lifeline for families when their child is receiving cancer treatment, with an 85% occupancy rate.
CLIC Sargent’s second Home from Home for teenagers and young adults with cancer is located within walking distance of the Belfast City Hospital and Cancer Centre.
Construction and outfitting started in Autumn 2014 and is expected to take up to a year to complete, with the first families being able to use the house by the end of 2015. Facilities include: five large en suite bedrooms, shared lounge and kitchen space, a quiet room, a young persons room, outdoor space and a roof terrace.
CLIC Sargent Area Fundraising Manager Nadine Campbell said: "We are so grateful to the Northern Ireland public and our fundraising team in Belfast for their hard work and kind hearts!
"Families in Northern Ireland make an average round trip of 95 miles, up to five times a week, to access the cancer treatment their child needs. This puts a big financial and emotional strain on families, with the cost of travel and time spent away from home and other family members.The Homes from Home go a long way to alleviating some of these concerns."
The appeal may be over but the CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland fundraising team is still in place, raising funds to continue providing core support to children and young people with cancer. Core support includes the Homes from Home, CLIC Sargent social workers, grants, holidays and information services.
The only specialist social work provision for children and young people with cancer in Northern Ireland is funded by CLIC Sargent and delivered in partnership with the Belfast Trust. Our team are qualified, registered social workers who have access to specialist training to enable them to undertake what can be a challenging, if rewarding, post.
Find out more
To find out how you can help support children and young people with cancer, and their families, please contact the Belfast Fundraising team on 02890 725 780 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.