Daisy Lodge mask donations

Daisy Lodge mask donations

29 July 2020

A WELCOME supply of 200 child and adult face masks has been donated to Daisy Lodge in Newcastle.

The therapeutic centre run by the Cancer Fund for Children received the masks from the County Down Hub of Masks 4 All Ireland.  

The ladies of the Down Hub are currently making a further 100 face masks for the Cancer Fund for Children.

The face masks have been distributed to families staying at Daisy Lodge and to families receiving home visits from cancer support specialists.

Daisy Lodge’s therapeutic short breaks started again earlier this month for families in need of a nurturing short break away from a hospital environment.  

To ensure peace of mind for families staying at Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children staff were equipped with all the necessary PPE, a new temperature check unit was installed, and hygiene and social distancing measures were reviewed.

The very generous donation from the ladies at the County Down Hub of Masks 4 All Ireland has ensured that families availing of services can now be offered free face masks.

The charity’s chief executive office, Phil Alexander, thanked everyone involved in the donation of masks, particularly local women Belinda McCaughey, Denise Keeley, Oonagh Griffith, Jenny McKee, Avril Farmer, Amy Chambers, Sheila Bodel, Hazel Bland, Iris Brown, Barbara O’Loan and Sarah McVeigh.

He said: “We are extremely grateful for the donation of 200 face masks from the ladies of the County Down Hub of Masks 4 All Ireland.  

“The health and safety of our families is our number one priority and their donation has enabled us to offer free face masks to families staying at Daisy Lodge, and those we support in their homes.  

“With 90% of our income reliant on cancelled fundraising activities, it’s the generosity of the local community and local businesses that has helped us to operate in these challenging times.”

Masks 4 All Ireland, established by Mary Murphy, Magherafelt, has involved numerous voluntary professional and hobby sewers across the whole of the island.