Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Fundraising fun at the castle will help fortify CLIC Sargent Homes From Home Appeal

One of Northern Ireland’s oldest castles is hosting a range of festive fundraising fun to raise cash to support children with cancer.

Glenarm Castle is jumping onboard the CLIC Sargent Homes From Home Appeal which aims to build two respite centres for families dealing with cancer.

The castle’s Polar Express Christmas Experience is to be held in its courtyard from December 13-16.

It promises to be a traditional and festive occasion with a host of fun attractions for all the family, including a nativity scene with real animals.

Santa and his elves will be there, too, ready to welcome the children into their busy workshop.

The Christmas event will be raising funds for CLIC Sargent with a collection at its Christmas wishing well, as well as a ‘guess the weight of the Christmas cake’ competition and the selling of Christmas pin badges and cards

Nigel Campbell, Glenarm Castle events manager, said: “At Glenarm Castle we know that Christmas is a magical time for children. We are supporting CLIC Sargent through our Polar Express Christmas Experience and hope the money raised can help spread that magic to children and young people with cancer.

“We would urge the readers of the Belfast Telegraph to get behind CLIC Sargent and help to make their Homes From Home a reality.”

The Belfast Telegraph’s Christmas Appeal aims to raise £50,000 that will go towards the building of two family centres close to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Belfast City Hospital.

To be built by 2014, they will provide a sanctuary for families to stay in while their child is undergoing treatment.

The overall aim of the Homes From Home Appeal is to raise £3.7m to build the centres in Belfast. We are asking readers to contribute £50,000 towards this in the run-up to Christmas.

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.”

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