Planning permission has been granted to build the first CLIC Sargent Home from Home in Northern Ireland.
The new Home from Home is located within walking distance of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and will provide free accommodation to families whilst their children receive treatment for cancer.
Work is due to start in April and CLIC Sargent plans to open the doors to families early in 2014.
The new Home for Home also aims to provide a friendly and relaxing place, away from the hospital where families can be together. The facility will include en-suite family bedrooms, communal areas, a laundry room, storage spaces and a courtyard.
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CLIC Sargent has also bought the site for a second Home from Home, located close to the Belfast City Hospital. The Northern Ireland Appeal will now continue efforts to raise the £1.5m needed to redevelop the second Home from Home.
CLIC Sargent's director of services, Dara de Burca said: “A big thank you to people and businesses who have helped raise just over £2m during our Northern Ireland Home from Home Appeal.
“To ensure we can deliver the second Home from Home, we need to raise at least another £1.5m in the next year, which will support children and young people with cancer, who receive their treatment at the Belfast City Hospital."
CLIC Sargent Homes from Home appeal director for Northern Ireland, Teresa Sloan said: “I’m confident we can work together to raise the extra £1.5m we need to complete the second Home from Home, so that children and young people with cancer, and their families in Northern Ireland have access to this vital support.”
For more information
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.