The Solas Centre, the South East’s cancer support service, recently hosted a Christmas Party at the centre and the “Big Man” himself dropped in to deliver some Christmas cheer!
The festive celebrations focused the children and over 40 children were treated to a fun afternoon of face painting, balloon modelling, party food and a visit to the very seasonal Santa’s Grotto.
According to Mick Nevin, Solas Centre Manager, the day was a huge success. “The children and their parents really enjoyed the party and it was filled with lots of entertaining fun and party games and what Christmas party wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Santa?”
“The Solas Centre works with families every day that have been touched by cancer. From children who are affected themselves to those who have accompanied a parent or a guardian to the centre for our cancer support services, cancer has a big impact on everyone.”
Each year 2,000 people are diagnosed with cancer across Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny. Since opening its doors almost two years ago the Solas Centre has provided support services, such as counselling, relaxation therapies and group support services to over 1,000 people affected by cancer.
Mick added, “The purpose of this Christmas party was to have some festive fun and whet the appetite for Christmas. We couldn’t have done it without the assistance of the local community and Solas colleagues. We would especially like to acknowledge the very generous support we received from Hasbro, McDonald’s, Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Partyworld and Suirfire Productions.”
James Rockett provided the very popular balloon modelling and the talented Aoife Dunphy was in demand for her face painting skills throughout the afternoon.
For more information about the cancer support services at the Solas Centre call 051 304604, visit www.solascentre.ie or check out the Facebook page Solas Centre – South Eastern Cancer Foundation.