A children’s cancer charity which supports youngsters across north east Fife, is calling on local residents and businesses to support its bid to build a holiday home in the area.
Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL)has already raised £324,000 towards the £½ million cost of building a house where families can spend quality time together.
The Dundee-based charity wants to build near St Andrews.
And while discussions are ongoing as to where it will be situated, the charity is eager to raise the remaining £176,000 needed over the next 12 months.
TCCL vice-chair Claire Smith said: “We have £324,000 so far and are really keen to build the house in a scenic location close to St Andrews.
“If we can’t do that then we may look at renovating an existing building.
She added: “Ideally we are looking at a four bed house with wheelchair facilities. We want it to be a ‘home from home’, with the right amenities. It will be somewhere that feels safe and special to everyone who stays there.”
The £500,000 cost will not only cover building the house but also running it for the next five years. After that the charity will need to raise £20,000 a year.
Claire went on to say: “When a child is diagnosed with one of the cancers including leukaemia it becomes immediately apparent that he or she is not the only one that is affected by the disease.
“The parents are seriously affected and can struggle physically, practically, emotionally, and financially with the intensive, intrusive treatment regime and the inevitable disruption it brings to family life.
“We want to build a holiday house so that families feel comfortable that they can reach hospital in time, should their sick child need this.”
Claire added: “For the children who cannot be cured we also wish to provide a safe and fun place for perhaps the family’s last holiday together with an opportunity to build important, cherished memories.
“As well as donations, we would love to hear from any local businesses who can help us with practical things like a kitchen, bathroom, electricals and furniture.”
Cupar dad Chris Wroniecki knows all about how fantastic the support from TCCL is.
When his daughter Summer was diagnosed with a tumour the day after her third birthday the family was thrown into a whirlwind of hospital visits, while at the same time trying to retain some sense of normality for Summer and her brother Brody.
Chris said: “TCCL are a fantastic charity based in Dundee and also helping in Fife. They helped us right away with money and support. In those dark days we were extremely grateful.
“The lodge will help local families, desperate for respite and hopefully help them get through the hard times.”
The Wronieckis’ ‘Team Summer’ will be fundraising for the TCCL lodge by taking part in the Dundee Kiltwalk this year.
To get in touch with TCCL email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a donation to the holiday lodge appeal visit the website https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/tccllodge.