The Belfast Telegraph is today launching a Christmas fundraising campaign to help change the lives of those affected by cancer.
Working with charity CLIC Sargent, we aim to raise £50,000 towards laying the foundations of two sanctuaries for the families of children affected by the disease.
With your help, we can alleviate the stress on the loved ones of the 100 young people and children diagnosed with cancer in Northern Ireland every year. The cash will go towards CLIC Sargent’s Homes From Home appeal which aims to raise £3.7m overall to fund new buildings within walking distance of treatment centres at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital.
Teresa Sloan, appeal director at CLIC Sargent said: “Our research tells us that on average a family in Northern Ireland will make a round trip of 95 miles, up to five times a week so that they can access cancer treatment.
“As you can imagine this puts a massive strain on families.
“That is why two Homes From Home are so important for Northern Ireland. Through this partnership Belfast Telegraph readers can help us make this a reality.”
The Christmas Appeal aims to raise £50,000 to laying the foundations for both properties, for a proposed completion date of 2014.
Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson said: “I'm delighted to be joining forces with CLIC Sargent for this Christmas appeal.
“The bricks and mortar our readers can pay for will more than just build Homes From Home.
“The peace of mind the homes will give will allow cancer patients and their families to concentrate on fighting the disease.
“I can think of no better way to spend a few quid this Christmas than supporting our appeal.”
How to donate
Text CLIC04£ followed by the amount to 70070
lPost cheques made payable to CLIC Sargent to CLIC Sargent Belfast Telegraph Christmas Appeal, 3rd Floor, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD