Alliance welcomes building work on new £3m Daisy Lodge respite centre

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Friday, March 8th, 2013
Newcastle Alliance Party Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed building work which has begun on the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s new £3m state-of-the-art therapeutic respite centre near Newcastle. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke said the new therapeutic respite cancer centre called ‘Daisy Lodge’ will replace the charity’s Shimna Valley complex. “The Shimna Valley complex which has been providing vital services to families since it opened 16 years ago will now be transformed into one of the most state-of-the-art facilities to provide respite to families with a child with cancer.” “When the new purpose built facility is completed, it will feature six family suites and a well being suite incorporating a range of therapy rooms, a gym and relaxation area. “There will also be a games room, playroom and two lounge areas will also be included. The new respite centre will also feature a restaurant and a cinema.” “Once completed the new ‘Daisy Lodge’ will give up to 500 families each year caring for a child with cancer the chance to enjoy a relaxing break together.” Clarke added, “I am very pleased that the new Daisy Lodge centre will still be situated on the former Shimna Valley site, as the location has some stunning views of the Mourne Mountains and will offer families the chance to spend time together in a beautiful location during their children’s treatment.” “I would like to congratulate all of the hard working team of staff and volunteers at Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children for their dedicated commitment and efforts in bringing this ambitious project to the commencement of building.”
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