Home from home names room after Sorcha Glenn

The late Sorcha Glenn.
The late Sorcha Glenn.

A new house which provides support to children and young people with cancer has named one of its rooms after Sorcha Glenn.

CLIC Sargent’s new Home from Home in Belfast is opening the new accommodation in January, following a £3.7 million fundraising campaign.

Amy’s House, located within walking distance of the Belfast City Hospital and Cancer Centre, will provide free accommodation for 16-24 year olds undergoing treatment for cancer, and their families.

The house name is a tribute to Amy Reid, 20, from Newtownards, whose family have campaigned and fundraised tirelessly for CLIC Sargent since she died from metastatic melanoma in February 2013, raising more than £35,000 for the charity.

Rooms throughout the new facility have also been given names of young people who were supported by CLIC Sargent.

Sorcha Glenn, 23, from Derry was one of the young people chosen.

Sorcha was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2013, having been initially denied an early smear test as she was under the age of 25. She was eventually given one, but her diagnosis was terminal.

Throughout her treatment, she and her family were supported by their CLIC Sargent social worker, Simon, who helped them cope, listened to their needs and directed Sorcha to financial support. Simon was going to show Sorcha the Home from Home as it was being built, but she was too ill and sadly died before it was finished.

Her mother Christina said: “This new Home from Home will be a life saver to families who are or will have a loved one suffering from cancer. It will give them a chance to breathe amidst all the treatments, within minutes of their loved one.

“Our family are honoured to have this room named after Sorcha, a person who made an impression and who fought until the end.”

Cecilia Milburn, CLIC Sargent UK Home from Home manager, said: “We are very excited to open Belfast’s second Home from Home in 2016. This new facility will provide much needed accommodation for families under huge emotional and financial strain.

“Families in Northern Ireland make an average round trip of 95 miles, up to five times a week, to access the cancer treatment their child needs. The Homes from Home can make a huge difference for these families.

“Every family who has been supported by CLIC Sargent is an important part of the charity’s identity and we wanted to reflect this in the new home.

“This home wouldn’t exist without the dedication of our fundraisers and the generosity of our donors and supporters. We want to thank everyone for their contributions and support.”

Facilities at Amy’s House include five large en-suite bedrooms, a shared lounge and kitchen space, a quiet room, a young people’s room, outdoor space and roof terrace. It will be opening in January 2016.