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much-needed funding Daffodil Day raises €6m for Irish Cancer Society

The money raised will help fund counselling services, night nursing, childhood cancers and groundbreaking cancer research.

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Kind-hearted Irish people helped raise an impressive €6 million for Daffodil Day, new figures released by The Irish Cancer Society show.

The money raised will help fund counselling services, night nursing, childhood cancers and groundbreaking cancer research.

Noting an increased demand for mental health services during the pandemic, some of the funding will go towards an expansion of counselling services, according to the ICS.

The organisation is also committing to an increased support to Cancer Trials Ireland, as well as their Night Nursing service for those who wish to die at home. Additional nurses will be recruited nationwide.

Services for children and young people impacted by cancer and their families will also be expanded. These will include counselling, peer support and other research and supports.

Lorraine Alcock, mum to Caoimhe who died from Ewing Sarcoma aged 19 is delighted that additional funding will go towards childhood and adolescent cancer supports and services.

Lorraine - who shared her daughter’s story on the Late Late Show - said that Caoimhe made her make a promise months before she died to talk about childhood cancer and advocate for nationwide support.

“Caoimhe wanted childhood and teenage cancers spoken about,” she said.

“Her wish before she died was that there would be proper adolescent services for teens and children so they were not forgotten. The incredible donations raised through Daffodil Day will allow the Irish Cancer Society to do this for our kids.”

“We cannot thank the people of Ireland enough for their exceptional generosity in supporting the Irish Cancer Society’s most important Daffodil Day ever,” said CEO Averil Power.

“We have been overwhelmed by the goodwill and warmth shown in reaction to Friday’s Late Late Show, and indeed the support of all of the other fantastic fundraising initiatives that took place in schools, workplaces and communities for Daffodil Day.”

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