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Cancer Fund for Children has announced that three new trustees have been appointed to their Voluntary Board of Trustees. The three new board appointments bring a wealth of experience and knowledge across a range of sectors including finance, communications, and legal at a crucial time as we aim to roll out support for families across Ireland caring for a child with cancer and continue to raise funds towards our capital appeal to build a new therapeutic short break centre in Co. Mayo.

Our new trustees include:

Pádraic Ó Giolláin

Pádraic Ó Giolláin Joins Cancer Fund for Children's Ireland Board

Pádraic is Regional Chairman for Ireland of the Hottinger Group, an international Family Office in the financial services industry. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has held several senior management and leadership roles in the financial services industry before co-founding the Hottinger Group in 2011.

Speaking about joining Cancer Fund for Children’s Ireland board Pádraic said,

“For some time, I have been aware of the fantastic work the Cancer Fund for Children has been doing in Northern Ireland and have had the pleasure of visiting Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, Co Down where I have seen first-hand what an invaluable resource it is for children with cancer, their parents and their siblings.

I am really delighted to join the board of trustees to help in its development across the island. Cancer services in the Republic can only be positively enhanced by the wrap-around and all-encompassing care and services provided by the Cancer Fund for Children.”

Peter O’Brien

Peter O'Brien joins Cancer Fund for Children's Ireland BoardPeter is an independent communications consultant with over 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has worked for the Irish Government in both civil service departments and semi-state bodies and is an experienced mentor to several executives in charities and social enterprises.

Of joining our board Peter said,

“I am excited by the great track record of Cancer Fund for Children and its ambition to become a truly Island of Ireland charity. I hope to bring my experience and insights of the stakeholder landscape in Ireland and overseas to help the charity achieve its immediate aim of building a Daisy Lodge in the West of Ireland.”



Lisa Collins

Lisa Collins joins Cancer Fund for Children's Ireland BoardLisa is a solicitor who trained and worked at Matheson, one of Ireland’s leading law practices in the commercial litigation department. She later became a partner in BLM, the UK and Ireland’s largest insurance risk law firm. Lisa returned home to the West of Ireland to work with McDarby & Co Solicitors. A Cong native, Lisa now works in her family’s tourism business, which is where the site of our new Daisy Lodge will be located.

Speaking about her reasons for joining our board Lisa said,

“I am so excited at the prospect of such a wonderful facility being created less than half a kilometre from my home. Children’s cancer charities are very close to my heart. I lost my cousin, George to neuroblastoma at age 9 in 2008. In 2006, I lost my best friend, Emer, to ovarian/uterine cancer four days after her 28th birthday. These losses had a major impact on me.

I want to help children and families faced with a cancer diagnosis by working towards Cancer Fund for Children’s aim of ensuring that every young person under 25 diagnosed with cancer has access to the vital support they need. I’m delighted to bring the skills and experience that I have gained through my professional practice to help bring Daisy Lodge Mayo from an aspiration to reality.”

Cancer Fund Children’s Chief Executive Phil Alexander added,

“We are thrilled to welcome Pádraic, Peter, and Lisa to our executive team. They join us at a pivotal time for Cancer Fund for Children as we aim to develop our services in Ireland, starting with the building of Daisy Lodge Mayo, a nurturing therapeutic space for children diagnosed with cancer and their families on the shores of Lough Corrib.

With their support, knowledge, and networks we will move forward with our mission to ensure that children and families across Ireland receive the right emotional and therapeutic support to help them cope with the challenges of childhood cancer.”

Find out more about our capital appeal to build Daisy Lodge Mayo here.


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