Lasting hopes for TCCL Lodge

A fundraising drive for the TCCL Lodge campaign, supported by the Mail and its sister titles in north east Fife, has swung into action thanks to the New Golf Club in St Andrews.

Members recently held a raffle and charity auction, raising £1684.

The charity hopes to raise a final £45,000 to ensure the holiday house it has bought in St Andrews for children with cancer and their families can be renovated.

Meanwhile, a Cupar mum, whose daughter lost her battle with cancer, has told how she believes the TCCL Lodge will be of massive benefit to families of children with the disease.

Sylvia Wilson’s daughter Jennifer died after a long struggle with a rare form of ovarian cancer, a month before her 18th birthday.

Sylvia, who is now involved with the charity, added: “TCCL are right there for families throughout a child’s illness, from diagnosis to final outcome.

“There is a grant for all new children who are diagnosed and help on an individual basis for help with transport to and from hospital or unforeseen bills or other needs as they arise. Any requests are put to the committee and go ahead if the committee agrees.

“Requests for help do not usually come from families but from the nurses identifying a need where TCCL might be of help.”

Sylvia added: “I think the Lodge will make a huge difference to families.

“It will mean so much to families that they can come to stay there, knowing they are not far from Ninewells and the medical staff they know.

“They can also bring grandparents or other family with them meaning they can all spend valuable time together, which is often difficult to do normally.”

For more details about TCCL Lodge, visit www.tccl-lodge.org.uk