Therapeutic Short Breaks

Daisy Lodge is a purpose-built therapeutic centre located in Newcastle, Co. Down for families affected by cancer. Designed with your comfort in mind, during your stay you will be able to spend quality time together in a safe and supportive environment; far away from the pressures of gruelling cancer treatment and hospital visits.

Who can stay at Daisy Lodge?

Free therapeutic short breaks are available to:

  • Families whose child (0-18) has been diagnosed with cancer*
  • Referrals for a short break must be made through the Social Work Team at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin.

If you would like to find out more about our referral process please contact us on 01 562 1580 or email info@cancerfundforchildren.ie.

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Family Friendly Facilities

Daisy Lodge’s five star facilities include:

six double en-suite family rooms | Well-being centre and gym | Four therapy suite | Playroom and games room | Teenagers space | Communal lounges | Home cinema | Safe and fun outdoor play areas | Restaurant and dining room

A short break at Daisy Lodge offers both privacy and the opportunity to meet and gain support from other families.

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Therapeutic Support

Our dedicated team of Residential based Cancer Support Specialists will be there to offer support throughout your stay. Participation in activities are by choice and families are encouraged to take part in:

Family Group Work

Taking part in group work engages the whole family and helps to build resilience and connects family members. This is a great opportunity to create lasting memories and also get to know other families staying at Daisy Lodge. 

Individual Support

These sessions provide more focused support based on the individual’s needs. They allow participants to identify and express their emotions and develop positive coping strategies.

Group Work Sessions

Involves groups of between 5-12 people who have had a similar experience. These creative sessions help to reduce isolation, increase confidence and wellbeing, and create opportunities for participants to share their story.

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Rest and Relaxation    

Parents can let their mind and body switch off in our well-being centre. Here you will enjoy precious time to unwind and focus on you.

  • Relaxation room – a calm sanctuary with soothing sounds and relaxing aromas
  • Hair and beauty – enjoy our beauty therapies including hair styling, facials, manicures and pedicures
  • Sauna – relax in our rustic wood sauna

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapy does not replace traditional medicine, but works alongside it to alleviate stress, improve well-being and ultimately quality of life. Our treatments are free of charge and offered to adults (male and female) and diagnosed children. All our therapists are trained in adapting therapies for cancer patients.

Complementary therapies help:

  • Promote relaxation
  • Reduce stress, feelings of anxiety and low mood
  • Improve sleep and a sense of well-being
  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Rejuvenate and refresh
  • Help you feel more in control

Our treatment menu includes:

  • Massage
  • Aromatherapy Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Relaxation and Visualisation
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Nutritious Meals

All our food is seasonal and locally sourced.  Families can choose from a daily menu, cooked by our team of chefs, and enjoy meal times together in our beautiful dining room overlooking the Mourne Mountains. We have also been awarded a five star rating by the Food Standards Agency every year since opening and are members of Taste of Ulster.

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