Daisy Lodge Opens Ahead of Schedule

New children’s cancer respite facility, Daisy Lodge, has been completed ahead of schedule and will be open to visitors soon

Daisy Lodge

The new Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s short break centre, Daisy Lodge in Shimna Valley has been handed over two months ahead of target and will be ready for its grand opening at the end of March.

This £3m project progressed at a rapid rate due to the diligent efforts of Heron Bros and Michael Nugent Ltd’s team of engineers, who provided full mechanical installation to this special care facility.

Providing short break holidays to up to 500 families a year who are affected by cancer, this stunning mountain lodge is the first of its kind in Europe. The staff at the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) is delighted to have an early handover and the opportunity to welcome guests in the coming weeks.

With its first-rate facilities and stunning surroundings in the Mourne Mountains, NICFC believes Daisy Lodge will be a therapeutic get-away for visiting families, offering a much-needed escape from stress, worry and hospital visits.

Measuring up to 16,000 square feet, Daisy Lodge contains the ideal facilities for a relaxing break. These include six family suites, a well-being suite, gym, relaxation area, games room, play room, restaurant and cinema. It’s cedar and stone finishes, French door balconies and floor to ceiling windows bring in an element of the outdoors, creating a homely, mountain-loge atmosphere.

Each week, an average of three children in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with cancer; and financial constraints and risk of infection mean they don’t often get the chance of a holiday with their families. NICFC has been providing short breaks for over 16 years, although could no longer accommodate the number of families in need of their services. Daisy Lodge will therefore be a big step forward in the level of care the charity can provide.

Michael Nugent Ltd is delighted to have been a part of this very special project and we’re glad our skills and services will go towards NICFC’s care for families affected by cancer. We wish the team at Daisy Lodge all the best for the future!