Cancer Fund for Children has appointed veteran Mayo attorney Lisa Collins to its voluntary board of trustees.
The appointment comes at a critical stage in the charity’s work as they aim to provide support to families across the island of Ireland with a childhood cancer diagnosis, while raising funds for their capital appeal to build Daisy Lodge, a therapeutic center for short breaks in Cong.
Lisa is educated and has worked at Matheson, one of the leading law firms in Ireland.
She specialized as a professional liability attorney at DAC Beachcroft and later became a partner at BLM, the largest insurance risk law firm in the UK and Ireland.
Lisa returned home to the west of Ireland to work with McDarby & Co Solicitors., Ballinrobe.
She now works in her family’s tourism business in the village of Cong, which also houses the charity’s new Daisy Lodge.
Lisa said of her appointment: “I am so excited at the prospect of such a wonderful facility being created less than half a mile from my home.
“Charities against cancer in children are close to my heart.
“I lost my cousin, George, to neuroblastoma at the age of nine in 2008. In 2006, I lost my best friend, Emer, to ovarian/uterine cancer four days after her 28th birthday. These losses had a profound impact on me.
“I want to help children and families facing a cancer diagnosis by working towards the goal of the Children’s Cancer Fund to ensure that every young person under the age of 25 diagnosed with cancer has access to the essential support they need.
“I am excited to bring the skills and experience gained through my professional practice to take Daisy Lodge, Cong, from an ambition to a reality.”
Founded in 1973, Cancer Fund For Children understands the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment on the entire family, and the need to build a family life in addition to essential medical care.
Phil Alexander, chief executive of Cancer Fund Children said: “We are delighted to welcome Lisa to our executive team.
“She joins us at a pivotal time as we strive to develop our services in Ireland, starting with the construction of Daisy Lodge, a nurturing therapeutic space for children diagnosed with cancer and their families on the shores of Lough Corrib.
“With the support of the knowledge of our new trustee and their networks, we will continue our mission to ensure that children and families across Ireland receive the right emotional and therapeutic support to help them cope with the challenges of childhood cancer .”
The building permit has been obtained by CFFC and the charity has launched a capital appeal to raise €12.5 million.