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Digital Dna: Inspiring A Digital Giving Revolution For Children’s Cancer

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16. 05. 2016
Digital DNA, in partnership with Deloitte Digital, has joined forces with Cancer Fund for Children as its charity partner for 2016. Digital DNA aims to inspire businesses across the province to embrace innovation and technology. Now, Northern Ireland's leading annual technology conference, will also be reaching out to inspire people to support a local children's cancer charity.Staff and guests at Digital DNA on June 8th, will be encouraged to give what they can to support children and young people coming to terms with the daily challenges of a cancer diagnosis.Speaking about the partnership, Digital DNA's CEO Gareth Quinn said:“This is our first ever charity partnership and we're excited to utilise our extensive community to raise much needed funds and to also help communicate the great work being done by Cancer Fund for Children. It's charity that is leading the way in what it does, providing specialist support to children and their families, who are living with cancer, at a time when they need it most. I'm looking forward to working together and can't wait to welcome the team to our conference at St George's Market on June 8th.”Roger Busby from headline sponsor Deloitte Digital, said:"Deloitte Digital is delighted to be involved with Digital DNA and the nomination of Cancer Fund for Children as charity partner. Digital DNA aims to help organisations of all shapes and sizes respond to the opportunities and threats of Digital. Playing a proactive role in helping charities deal with key organisational challenges is something we're proud to be part of."Thanking Digital DNA for their support, Gillian Creevy, Cancer Fund for Children CEO said:“At Cancer Fund for Children we understand the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis has on the whole family and that beyond essential medical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt. We receive less than 0.5% of our funding from local Government and completely rely on community support from businesses like Digital DNA. A huge thank you to Gareth, Roger and the team for helping us provide this vital support to ensure families don't have to face cancer alone.”Digital DNA 2016 takes place on June 8th at Belfast's St George's Market and will welcome speakers from some of the world's biggest companies to Northern Ireland. For more information visit www.digitaldna.org.ukEndsNotes to editors
  • Every week in Northern Ireland another three children, teenagers and young adults (0-24) are diagnosed with cancer.
  • With over 40 years' of experience Cancer Fund for Children are experts in our field providing specialist services, advice and support to children and young people (0-24) diagnosed with cancer and their families.
  • Cancer Fund for Children also supports families where a parent of children (0-24) has been diagnosed with cancer.
Our Charity Name
  • At Cancer Fund for Children we've chosen our name carefully to best reflect what we do. In order to avoid confusion we always refer to Cancer Fund for Children in full as opposed to abbreviating it. We feel it is important that people recognise us by our charity name and so we would greatly appreciate it if, when referring to the charity in the media or any other channel, our name is used in full
Free Therapeutic Short Breaks
  • Cancer Fund for Children offers free therapeutic short breaks at Daisy Lodge our purpose-built therapeutic centre in Newcastle Co. Down, for families affected by cancer.
  • The facility was officially opened by top golfer Rory McIlroy on October 7, 2014.
  • Daisy Lodge does not offer a holiday in the traditional sense but is a nurturing place where families can relax and spend precious time together far removed from the busy round of medical appointments, hospital wards and invasive treatments.
  • A short break at Daisy Lodge is unique offering families privacy and the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation.
  • During their stay families can also benefit from the support of a dedicated team of Specialists who are on hand to provide one-to-one and group support. Complementary therapies including aromatherapy, reflexology and massage, which help to reduce stress and anxiety, can be tailored to family's needs.
  • Since Daisy Lodge opened in April 2014 nearly 600 (595 on 29.02.16) families from Northern Ireland and almost 100 families from the Republic of Ireland (79 on 29.0216) have benefited from a free therapeutic short break at Daisy Lodge.
  • In 2015 Cancer Fund for Children introduced the 'Travel for Short Breaks' financial grant to cover travels costs to Daisy Lodge from wherever a family lives in Ireland.

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