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Representatives of Purple House Cancer Support attend the launch of the new National Cancer Strategy by Minister Simon Harris in Iveagh House Dublin on Wednesday 5th July.

The Strategy sets out the framework for the treatment and support of Cancer patients in Ireland for the period 2017-2026

Community based charity Purple House Cancer Support have been heavily involved in helping to shape the community support services aspect of the Strategy which highlights the important role that Cancer Support Centre’s play in the psycho-social support of the Cancer patient.



Our 2nd annual cycle challenge in France is taking place from the 7-12th October 2017 and we want YOU to join us and help us to make a difference to the lives of families affected by Cancer.



We want to say a massive Thank You to all of the amazing ladies who took part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon for Purple House Cancer Support!

Your efforts ensure that our Cancer Support Centre can open daily and provide vital services such as Counselling and workshops for families and children affected by Cancer.



With Summer fast approaching, leading Cancer charity, Purple House Cancer Support is opening a Sun Smart & Cancer Awareness Hub on Bray Seafront this Summer.

Ireland has the 14th highest rate of skin Cancer in the World and the aim of the Purple House Sun Smart Hub is to help reduce this statistic by giving out free sun cream and making the public aware of the simple ways to reduce their cancer risk and to stay safe in the sun.



Have you ever heard someone say, I’m like a duck, calm on the surface but underneath I’m paddling furiously….well that’s what  it was like for me getting this cancer diagnosis and going through treatment.

When I say, I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for purple house, I don’t say that lightly!!!!

I was 38 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer….everyone’s reaction along with my own was, how can that be possible, I’m too young.



Join Team Purple House in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on bank holiday Monday 5th June 2017 and help us make a difference to the lives of people & families affected by Cancer.



Helen Eyre O’Connor cycled a distance of over 200km last October in memory of her dear sister Pauline McKenzie

Helen (68) was one of a group of 21 people from the Bray area who cycled the length of the Canal du Midi in France from Toulouse to Sete, all for Purple House Cancer Support.



Calling all budding photographers & artists!

How would you like to see one of your images on our Christmas Cards next year?
We here at Purple House are running a competition to have your photo or drawing on our 2017 Christmas Card selection.



We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and to thank you for your support to us.

We would also like to show you the impact you have made to the people and families we support in your community.

1,272 people visited our Cancer Support Centre in Bray & Outreach Support Clinic in Dun Laoghaire so far this year, for support, counselling, classes & information. 

Please see further details on our community impact below



Byron Hayes speaks about the sense of fear and isolation that a Cancer diagnosis can bring to a family. These feelings can be heightened at Christmas due to the emotion that this time of year brings.  Watch Byron’s video here

Help us to support more people like Byron this Christmas.