Three years ago it was only a dream with a £500,000 price tag but this month buying and opening a holiday home for local children with cancer and their families, finally becomes a reality.
Thanks to a massive surge of support from across north east Fife, the charity TCCL (Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia) was able to buy a house in St Andrews last Christmas.
Since then the committee - comprising members of the original TCCL charity set up to provide practical, emotional and financial help to families going through the cancer journey and the TCCL Lodge committee which focused on finding a suitable property and renovating it - have realised their dream.
On October 11 and 12 they will hold ‘open house’ days to thank everyone who has shown support for the chaity - pronounced ‘tickle’.
Chairperson Rosalie Wilkie said she’s delighted that the house in Horseleys Park is almost ready to take its first families.
“We have had so much support from people in St Andrews and across north east Fife and we are very, very grateful. We know the lodge will become a very special place for families of children with cancer and it has only become a reality because of the goodwill and support shown by local people.
“We are delighted to have reached this stage and, as a result, want to invite people to see how their money has been used.”
Rosalie, who is a retired paediatrician, added: The lodge will be open on the Saturday for major donors, trusts and other organisations. On the Sunday we will be having a ‘Tea and Tunnocks’ day for the whole community. Visitors can drop in any time from 12 - 4pm. Families are very welcome and there will be afew things going on to keep children entertained including face painting.”
Rosalie said that because space in the house is limited a marquee will be erected in the driveway where people will be organised into groups to visit the house and garden.
She said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone who has helped us reach this goal and thanking them for making our dream come true.”
TCCL Lodge will offer a week’s free accommodation for families primarily using Ninewells for cancer treatment, although the service will be extended to families in other areas if capacity allows.
It will be open 50 weeks of the year and will be run by a lodge manager, the charity’s only paid member of staff.
For more details visit www.tccl-lodge.org.uk