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The 2018 Sumo Run Ireland – Ireland’s most unique 5 k fun run in inflatable sumo suits on a 5km route in Marlay Park Dublin, Ireland in aid of Purple House Cancer Support. The event takes place on Sunday 22nd April at 12 noon.



This week is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and our Board of Trustee Member & Oncology Nurse Lizzy Kilkenny shares some useful information and answers the common questions below.

What is Cervical Screening?
Cervical Screening tests women for changes in the cells of the cervix. Its aim is to detect early cell changes, this is the really important point as cervical cancer takes 7-12 years to develop in most cases.
It’s important to note that it is not a test for Cancer. It’s a test to check for abnormalities in the cells of the cervix which may lead to Cancer.



This February we are asking you to support people living with Cancer by picking up a Purple Heart pin badge for 2Euro.  Wear your Purple Heart on Valentines Day Tuesday 14th February and show your support!



Three years before I came to Purple House, I was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue and in the right side of my neck.

At that time, I was also diagnosed with a separate cancer in kidney. They decided to deal with the major cancer first and that kicked the hell out of me. They fitted me with a peg before I started the treatment because they knew I was going to be tube fed. I ended up in hospital half way through and after I finished, I was in hospital for three months. Three months after I came out, I then had to go back in to a different hospital to get the kidney done. So I didn’t get a chance to recover and after that recovery took three years. It was three years that I was in and out of hospitals; mentally I was a basket case. I asked myself “Why am I here? What’s this? Three years and I’m still not recovered.



Please see our new January 2018 class timetable below. Please click on image to view. If you wish to book for any class, please contact us on 012866966 or email

To download the timetable click here Classes Timetable Spring 2018 Preliminary


Thanks to your support, we have helped 184 families so far this year through the services provided in our Cancer Support Centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow and outreach support service in Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin.

Christmas can be a very difficult time for anyone affected by Cancer and there are a number of ways in which you can support our work.



As part of our support programmes for children and teenagers affected by Cancer, we are holding two separate events during the Halloween Mid term break.



We are delighted to launch our 2017 Christmas Card selection.
This year’s cards are by a range of local photographers including Tony Brierton, Aidan Flynn & Oisin Mcfarland Smith.
We are also delighted to announce that two of the images are by Aoife McNulty who has shared her own Cancer experience with us below.
The cards are now on sale in our online shop here: 

Read Aoife’s story below…



Can you help us by signing our petition and sharing it with your family & friends?

Despite unprecedented demand on our daily services we receive only 20% of our day to day funding from the HSE. We rely almost entirely on donations and fund raising events to survive.

We are calling on the HSE and the Minister for Health Simon Harris to provide sustainable funding to enable us to keep up with the demand on our Services.

Sign our Petition to the Minister for Health & HSE HERE

There are 150,000 Cancer survivors in Ireland.
1 in 4 Cancer survivors have physical/psychological consequences following treatment.

By 2020 1 in 20 people will be a Cancer survivor.

In 2016 more than 1,200 People visited Purple House Cancer Support Centre in Bray and Outreach Support service in Dun Laoghaire for vital Cancer Support Services.



As part of Dun Laoghaire Festival of Inclusion, Purple House Cancer Support will be holding a public information talk on our Cancer Support Services in the Community on Tuesday October 10th at 11am in The Dun Laoghaire Club, Eblana Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

All are welcome to learn more about the services available to families and individuals affected by Cancer in the Dun Laoghaire and surrounding areas. (more…)