Mayobridge family attend Cancer Fund for Children family fun day

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
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Cancer Fund for Children recently held a special family fun day in honour of its amazing little superheroes.
Colleen O’Hare with her children Shea (age 4), Emily (8) and Aaron (6) at Cancer Fund for Children’s Family Fun Day at Belfast City Hall. The day was held during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout the month of September

Colleen O’Hare with her children Shea (age 4), Emily (8) and Aaron (6) at Cancer Fund for Children’s Family Fun Day at Belfast City Hall

The day,which was held at Belfast City Hall, allowed families to enjoy a morning packed full of entertainment including face painting, arts and crafts and magic, as well as appearances from movie favourites Spiderman and Elsa. Around 150 adults and children attended the event, including the O’Hare’s from Mayobridge. Shea O’Hare (4) attended the day with his brother Aaron, sister Emily and Mum Colleen. Shea was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Shea’s family has benefitted from a range of Cancer Fund for Children services, including parental and sibling support as well as short breaks at Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short break facility, in Newcastle. Speaking about Cancer Fund for Children’s Family Fun Day, Mum Colleen said, “It was great to be able to spend quality time together. At home, the intention is always good but at the fun days, we actually get the chance to do it. “The kids really enjoyed the magic show, as well as getting pictures in the photobooth too – they all loved it,” she added. The Family Fun Day took place during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout the month of September. During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Fund for Children will be campaigning to supporteven more families just like the Taylor’s whose lives have been devastated by cancer. Every week in Northern Ireland another three children, teenagers or young adults (0-24) are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Fund for Children understands that beyond the essential medical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt. This is why the charity exists to provide practical, financial and emotional support to children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Currently, over 90% of children (age 0-18) diagnosed with cancer in Northern Ireland are referred to Cancer Fund for Children for support.
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September 2016Liz Osborne, Cancer Fund for Children’s Director of Services said, “What people don’t realise is that Cancer Fund for Children receive less than 0.5% government funding, meaning we rely heavily on donations from the public to support our work. “Thanks to the generosity and support of the public,Cancer Fund for Children are able to support around 350 families at any one time, providing practical, emotional and financial support as well as free therapeutic short breaks for the whole family. This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Fund for Children are asking you to donate just £5 per month. For the small amount of £5 a child, like Shea, can continue to receive support. The small monthly donation will facilitate Cancer Fund for Children to be able to provide continued support to 350 families annually. To donate £5 visit, http://www.cancerfundforchildren.com/donate/ or call 02890805599.

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