This Year's Charity
This years chosen charity is ‘Hope House Ireland’
The founders of Hope House Ireland are Roy and Dawn McConnell who have been married for over 30 years and have one daughter Leah.
In February 1990, at the age of 34, Roy was given the news that he had non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was given a 30 per cent survival rate. After a year-and-a-half of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and much prayer, Roy amazed the doctors when he fully recovered. He was clear for 21 years.
In February 2012 the couple once again were devastated to receive the news that the cancer had returned. They would have to start the journey of chemotherapy again. A year later they were thrilled to learn that Roy was clear of cancer once again and was able to return to work.
Then in 2015 Dawn was diagnosed with cancer.
Many times during Roy's treatment they would have loved a break but with our disposable income decreasing significantly after Roy's diagnosis this was impossible. It was at this time some wonderful people provided an apartment by the sea, free of any charge, for them to use.
It was during this time that Dawn got the vision for Hope House.
After some research their was facilties for Children and teenagers but there was nothing for adults. See also discovered how many people have to travel long distances to the hospital for treatment, leaving home extremely eaorly to beat trafic in the mornings
With all of this in mind they decided to start the charity in October 2013 and began to raise funds so they could rent an apartment by the sea where those going through cancer could rest and recuperate, free of any charge and also to benefit anyone travelling long distances. they chose the apartment on Whitehead promenade because of the beautiful sea-view and walks. they began renting it in March 2014. The apartment is only a 5 minute walk from the train station that provides a train that leaves guests at the entrance of the City hospital which is approximately 14 miles from Whitehead – this has proved very successful to patients who do not like to drive long distances and also means they can come and stay the night before their appointments.
TeamHOPE seeks to help in any way we can shining that light of HOPE in the midst of the darkness that surrounds a cancer diagnosis. Since Roy and Dawn opened the door of HOPE the responses we have received from their guests have confirmed how important it is to continue with this work.
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