New sensory room for Daisy Hill Children’s Ward

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of a local family, a new sensory room has opened in The Daisy Children and Young People’s Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital.

‘Harvey’s Haven’ was the dream of Bessbrook woman Clare McCabe, following the sad loss of her little boy Harvey who passed away in January 2015, aged just two and a half.



Clare, partner Cathal along with family and friends, worked tirelessly raising £23,000 to create the beautiful room, complete with the latest in sound and light interactive equipment.

Paying tribute to Clare and family, Dr Ahmed Khan, Associate Medical Director for Children and Young People’s Services for the Southern Trust said, “We sincerely thank the McCabe family who have gone to so much effort to help other families following their own tragic loss.

“Being in hospital is particularly difficult for children and young people and indeed stressful for the whole family.



“Harvey’s Haven is a place where families can now find some peace and tranquillity and which offers children some distraction during their time in hospital,” Dr Khan added. 

Speaking at the opening of Harvey’s Haven to mark Harvey’s fourth anniversary this month, Clare said, “We are beyond grateful to all the sponsors and people who have kindly dedicated their personal fundraising challenges to our ThumbsUpForHarvey campaign.



“Special recognition must go to the local communities of Bessbrook, Camlough and surrounding areas who donated generously throughout all of our fundraising events and always offered a helping hand when needed.

She added, “Through Harvey’s Haven, Harvey’s memory will always be kept alive.”



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