A BANBRIDGE building firm has been awarded a construction contract worth more than £500,000 by children's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.
The contract, which is expected to be completed in November 2013, will see McAvoy Construction build the charity's first ever specialist Home From Home in Northern Ireland for families of children undergoing cancer treatments at the Belfast Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in a £1.5m investment.
Within walking distance of the hospital, the house will comprise four large en-suite family bedrooms, communal living and kitchen spaces, a quiet room and age-appropriate play space, which will be provided to families free of charge in a bid to reduce the huge travel, fuel, meal and accommodation costs faced by relatives of children battling cancer.
Pearse McAvoy, managing partner at McAvoy, said that the firm was pleased to work on such a worthwhile construction project.
"Having taken time to learn more about the Homes from Home Appeal, we very quickly realised how important the project was and the impact it would have on families and children that attend the hospital for treatment," he said.
"I know the site team are up for the task and that everyone is motivated to complete the build on time and to our very high professional standards."
Roisin McKenna, Project Manager, CLIC Sargent, added: "We're delighted to be working with McAvoy Construction.
"The company demonstrated a clear understanding for the appeal and its track record speaks for itself."
In addition to the children's Home from Home, CLIC Sargent is fundraising to complete a similar style of house for young people aged 16-24 years of age and their families attending the City Hospital for cancer treatment.
The charity is aiming to raise the remainder of its £3.7m target in order to complete the project by 2014.