An ambitious campaign to raise £500,000 to buy a property and turn it into a holiday home for children with cancer, is well on course to meet its £500,000 target.
The fundraising drive, supported by the Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen, was launched by Tayside Children with Cancer and leukaemia (TCCL) just three years ago.
As a result the charity had to form a separate sister charity due to both legal obligations and the fact that funds for TCCL Lodge were for the property purchase and not for the main aims of TCCL which are to provide practical, emotional and financial support to families from the point of diagnosis.
Both charities have continues to work together and this week the Lodge committee, which also comprises TCCL committee members, confirmed that as a result of several recent donations the charity is just a few thousand short of its half a million goal.
Thanking everyone who has supported the campaign - particularly the St Andrews community and businesses - TCCL Lodge chairperson Rosalie Wilkie said : “We are delighted to have had so much work and we hope that will continue. Although the house in St Andrews has been bought and the renovation programme is well underway, we will still need around £20,000 to run the house and ensure it can offer special holidays to around 50 families per year.
“We are, of course, very pleased to have achieved our goal; which was the vision of the TCCL committee.
“Now the hard work to continue fundraising forTCCL and for the costs associated with the Lodge begins and we hope the loal community will continue to support us and help make a difference to families who need it.”
Dr Wilkie, a retired paediatrician, went on to say that it is hoped the house will open in the next few months.
“We will be inviting all of those who have helped make this dream come true to the house so they can see what their donations have achieved.
“We also can’t wait to invite our first families to the house and see them enjoy a holiday in St Andrews.”
Recent donations to the TCCL Lodge fund include an £8000 contribution from the Dundee-based Alliance Trust, which had already made a donation from its staff fund, as well as a substantial donation from Spifox, the Scottish Property Industry Festival of Christmas fundraising campaign for children’s charities.
Dr Wilkie added that the charity was expecially grateful to the University of St Andrews’ Oktoberfest committee for its continued support and for the £20,000 pledged from their most recent event.
She added: “We are also very grateful to pupils at Madras College who won £3000 to do up our summer house. We really welcome their enthusiasm and help and can’t wait for them to get started.”
For more information and to show your support visit www.tccl-lodge.org.uk or www.tccl.org.uk