Typifying how Rotary supports communities, the Club, by donating funds, supported in 2014 the Rotary Ireland Daisy Lodge Project to provide a therapeutic play area at the newly built Daisy Lodge situated outside Newcastle Co. Down. (click on image left to view detail)
Daisy Lodge - a purpose built, short break centre for families in Ireland nursing a child with cancer – was built by The Cancer Fund for Children and opened its doors in April 2014. The charity does not receive Government funding and it relied on the support of many different companies, trusts and foundations, individuals and groups to build Daisy Lodge. However, there was no playground for the children to enjoy. So, when it came to the vital therapeutic play area, Rotary Ireland was delighted to raise the money to install the play equipment and safety surface.
The play area encourages children to venture outdoors and benefit from the fresh mountain air that surrounds Daisy Lodge after spending months in treatment on a hospital ward. It is a focus of activity in the garden, bringing smiles to children's faces during their short break there.
Daisy Lodge aims to restore a family life that's been uprooted by cancer. The short breaks provide exhausted families with the chance to spend quality time together after many months spent in isolation or on the hospital ward. They are able to recharge their batteries, increase their sense of well-being and gain support from the charity's Therapeutic Specialist. They also get the chance to meet and gain support from other families in a similar situation. Cancer Fund for Children are able to provide every family affected by childhood cancer in Northern Ireland with a free therapeutic short break. This includes families nursing a child with cancer, bereaved families and families in which a parent has been diagnosed with cancer.