The Belfast Telegraph is calling on Northern Ireland businesses to back our Christmas appeal to help children and young people living with cancer.
We aim to raise £50,000 for CLIC Sargent, which has a target of £3.7m to build two Home From Home centres.
The centres will be built within walking distance from the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Belfast City Hospital to provide sanctuary for young people and their families following gruelling cancer treatment.
When a young person receives a cancer diagnosis treatment normally starts immediately, can last for years and is often many miles from home, making the need for somewhere to relax vital.
Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family.
Each new Home From Home building will include shared kitchens and lounges, playrooms, young person’s rooms, laundry facilities and an outside space.
Most of all they will provide a comforting place, away from the hospital, where families can be together.
Teresa Sloan, appeal director at CLIC Sargent, highlighted the role businesses can play.
She said: “Every week in Northern Ireland, two children or young people are diagnosed with cancer.
“Our aim is to ensure young people and children with cancer have the support they need, so they can focus on the most important thing: getting better.
“But to do that we need the backing and support of businesses and organisations.
“Organisations can get on board with the Belfast Telegraph appeal by doing even the simplest things, like a dress down Friday or a cake sale.”
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, Minprint, Wine Inns, Hastings Hotels, Chain Reaction Cycles and Helm Housing are among those already supporting CLIC Sargent.
But we need even more donations to hit our target. Let us know how your business is supporting the Home from home Appeal by getting in touch with the Belfast Telegraph on 028 9026 4000.
- Every week two children and young people in Northern Ireland are told they have cancer. There are four ways to donate to the Christmas appeal:
- Text CLIC04£ followed by the amount to 70070
- Post cheques, payable to CLIC Sargent, to CLIC Sargent, Belfast Telegraph Christmas Appeal, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD.
- To makeCredit or debit card donations call CLIC Sargent on 028 9072 5780