Celebrations were underway last month, as January 2017 marked one year since Amy’s House in Belfast first opened its doors to young cancer patients and their families.
The official opening of Amy’s House, on 21 January 2016, capped a £3.7million fundraising campaign with the aim of providing greater support for children and young people with cancer in Northern Ireland.
Amy’s House, located within walking distance of Belfast City Hospital, offers free accommodation and support for families while a young person undergoes cancer treatment.
This saves families from the physically and emotionally exhausting impact of regular travel to and from hospital, as well as the financial costs, while enabling them to spend more time together.
Facilities include five large en-suite bedrooms, a shared lounge and kitchen space, a quiet room, a young people’s room, outdoor space and a roof terrace.
The house is named in tribute to 20-year-old Amy Reid from Newtownards whose family raised more than £35,000 since her death in 2013.
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