A charity which hopes to realise its dream of running a holiday lodge for children with cancer and their families, is calling on the support of people across north east Fife.
TCCL LODGE, which is the result of a 20-year vision by the Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia charity (TCCL), recently bought a property in St Andrews.
It hopes that with support from the local community, businesses and tradespeople , it will be able to meet the cost of creating a warm and welcoming holiday facility for children with cancer or leukaemia and their families.
£325,000 has been raised by the TCCL LODGE charity over the course of the last three years but it still needs to find another £45,000 by Christmas to meet the final cost of the house.
TCCL LODGE spokesperson and committee chairperson Dr Rosalie Wilkie said this is where readers can help.
“The original TCCL committee, which formed 20 years ago to support families whose children have cancer, had a dream to build or buy a house which will give families some much needed respite. TCCL LODGE was set up to help make this dream become a reality and we’d love it if the people of north east Fife got behind us to help make this Christmas dream come true.”
She added: “St Andrews was our first choice of location as it ‘ticks all the boxes’ with its seaside setting close to the town centre, wide open spaces and play parks, entertainment, cafes and - of course - great ice cream shops!
“Also, importantly, St Andrews is within easy reach of the children’s unit at Ninwells Hospital should any child need medical attention while on holiday.
“Ensuring close proximity to the hospital is very high on the list of priorities for parents with children undergoing treatment, so we were delighted to find this house.”
Dr Wilkie went on to explain that all families within the NHS Tayside area (north east Fife, Dundee, Perth and Angus) will be given preference for bookings although families from beyond the region will be able to use the house during any vacant weeks.
Appealing for help from Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen readers, Dr Wilkie added: “We really hope the people of north east Fife will get behind our fundraising and help us reach our target.
“Having this house will mean so much to people who are going through the ordeal of seeing their children battle - or recover from - cancer.”
“St Andrews is a fantastic location and we are very pleased to have found an ideal property there. We just hope the community - local people, schools, businesses and organisations - will give us their support and make their town a place they can be proud to say is helping families in need.”
Dr Wilkie went on to say that as far as practical help goes TCCL LODGE would love to hear from any businesses or tradespeople who are able to offer support.
She said: “The house is in need of some renovation, particularly the bathroom which needs a wet room installed, and we would be very grateful to hear from any local businesses who can help at all.”
To find out more or to pledge your support to this on-going campaign, which is backed by the Fife Herald & St Andrews Citizen, visit www.tccl-lodge.org.uk or email Lodge@tccl.org.uk.