Ireland rugby Captain Rory Best and teammate Jacob Stockdale made dreams come true today (Monday 26th February) for some young fans, when they visited a local children’s cancer charity.
Hot off the back of their Six Nations win against Wales at the weekend, the players took time out of their busy schedule to visit young people diagnosed with cancer at Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short break facility, Daisy Lodge in Newcastle.
Alex Corr (age 14) from Ballyclare and James Napier (age 15) from Ballyhackamore in Belfast, who have both benefitted from the support of the charity, were delighted to meet their rugby heroes, get autographs signed as well as share some photographs with the stars.
The Ireland Internationals then joined Cancer Fund for Children’s Chief Executive Gillian Creevy on a tour of the short break facility, which has provided over 1,400 short breaks to families affected by cancer since it opened in April 2014.
The charity also recently announced its plans to extend its services across the country, with the build of a new therapeutic short break centre for Irish families, in County Mayo.
Gillian Creevy, Cancer Fund for Children’s Chief Executive said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Rory and Jacob to Daisy Lodge today, after their triumphant Six Nations win at the weekend.
“It’s fantastic to be able to show them around our therapeutic short break centre, and for them to be able to meet some of the young people who have benefitted from our support.
“At Daisy Lodge families have precious time to be together during a traumatic and challenging time, benefit from the therapeutic and holistic support provided by Cancer Fund for Children’s team of Specialists, gain support from other families in a similar situation and create special memories.
“For young Alex and James, the players’ visit was extra special. The Ireland team have shown that with passion, belief and team spirit, so much can be achieved. We hope to pass this positivity on to all of the young people we support.
“A huge thank you to them for taking the time out of their busy schedules and helping to create some very special and happy memories. Our best wishes for the rest of the Six Nations tournament.”
Speaking about the visit, Rory Best added:
“It was absolutely fantastic to see around this amazing facility and meet Alex and James. This is an incredible place for families affected by cancer. Keep up the great work.”
As the leading children’s cancer charity in Northern Ireland, Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond essential medical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt.
The charity offers practical, emotional and financial support as well as free short therapeutic breaks to local families whose lives have been affected by the illness.
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