Fourteen families of young cancer patients staying at CLIC Sargent’s Home from Homes in Northern Ireland were treated to a delicious festive breakfast with Father Christmas.
Held at the Hunting Lodge Restaurant in Belfast, breakfast with Santa is becoming a regular fixture in the CLIC Sargent calendar.
The festive morning provides an opportunity for those staying in Paul’s House and Amy’s House, and those who have been on treatment throughout the year, to get together for some fun and good food at what can be a difficult time for some families.
The families were treated to a lovely Ulster Fry with tea/coffee and mince pies. After Breakfast Santa arrived and distributed gifts to all of the children including brothers and sisters.
One of the families said: "Our two boys had a fantastic morning and were delighted with their gifts from Santa. Thank you so much for your kindness and hard work by all your team!"
Whilst Christmas is a time of celebration, for those staying in a Home from Home it can be very challenging, so CLIC Sargent staff ensure there are still quiet spaces for families who need it and make sure everyone has the ability to choose when, or if, to take part.
Lidl Northern Ireland shows its support
Meanwhile, generous Lidl Northern Ireland staff rallied together to decorate a Christmas tree at Paul’s House. Over the last two years Lidl Northern Ireland has committed to raising £150,000 through initiatives including staff fundraising, challenges, events and in-store activities.
Children and young people with cancer often have to have specialist treatment many miles from home. It costs CLIC Sargent £33 to enable a family to stay close to their child at a CLIC Sargent Home from Home for one night.
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