| Dec 17, 2019
This Christmas, Can You Help Purple House Secure Our Forever Home?
Chris and his son Jamie
This Christmas, there’s only one thing on our list to Santa: a new home for Purple House.
A permanent home, where we have more space to care for more families affected by cancer.
Somewhere for children to play with other kids who have lost mammy or daddy, granny or grandad, or who are living with cancer in their family.
Somewhere for parents, children and loved ones to attend counselling sessions, sit in a beautiful garden with new friends,
enjoy the relaxing therapy of a massage, or simply have a private room where they can grieve in peace.
Earlier this year we came to the conclusion that the home we have had for over seven years is no longer fit for purpose and we needed to move out to facilitate the increased demand
on our services. It was time to find somewhere new.
Luckily, we have found somewhere new to live. We can’t share the details just yet as its going through the sale process, but it's bigger, and it will mean we can help more people.
Best of all, it means we have a permanent space in the heart of your community.
• More private rooms for counselling and therapies
• A specially-designed cancer rehabilitation gym and recreational area
• A dedicated children’s cancer therapeutic and family support area
• Dedicated rooms for cancer survivorship and education programmes
• A much bigger drop-in space, offering cancer support and information at a time that suits families
• A garden where families can spend precious time together making memories
‘For the last 20 years, my family has put the Christmas tree up in early December - on my wife Aibhe's Birthday.
She loves this time of year. It's always been a big part of her life: the 'family feast' is what she calls it.
This year, me and my son Jamie put the tree up on her birthday, like we always do.
Only this time, it was just the two of us. You see, my wife Ailbhe died earlier this year.
It's our first Christmas without her smile, her cuddles, her enthusiasm for life.
And when Jamie turns four in the new year, he'll be blowing out the candles on his cake without Mammy.
Without the support of Purple House after Ailbhe died, I don't know how Jamie and I would have coped’
Help us to support more families like Jamie's this Christmas.
Many thanks for your support, wishing you every good wish this Christmas.