Northern Ireland Online is delighted to share the heartwarming story of Dawn, the dedicated founder of Hope House, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the King’s Birthday Honours List. This well-deserved recognition is bestowed upon Dawn for her exceptional services to cancer patients in Northern Ireland.
Dawn, ever humble, expressed overwhelming gratitude upon learning about the prestigious honour. She humbly acknowledged that she is just one piece of a remarkable collective effort, as countless individuals, both past and present, have selflessly devoted their time and skills over the past nine years to bring her vision to life. This vision, inspired by a divine calling, aimed to establish a much-needed Cancer Support Service for adults, providing therapeutic breaks by the serene seaside.
In her heartfelt statement, Dawn emphasized her inability to find sufficient words to convey her gratitude towards the local community, numerous fundraisers, and businesses that have steadfastly stood beside Hope House throughout the years. Their unwavering support has allowed them to be a beacon of light amidst the darkness that cancer patients often experience during their challenging journey.
Dawn highlighted that the precious gift of quality time provided by Hope House has been a lifeline of hope for their guests, enabling them to navigate the myriad of changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. She expressed a profound and resounding thank you to her beloved husband Roy, who has been an unwavering source of support, and her wonderful daughter Leah, whose love and encouragement have been invaluable. Dawn also acknowledged the incredible team of Trustees at Hope House, whose dedication has played a vital role in her journey.
With deep humility, Dawn will graciously accept the BEM award on behalf of everyone who has been a part of her extraordinary journey. Her pride in this achievement is intertwined with gratitude for each and every individual who has contributed to the success of Hope House. Through their collective efforts, they have shone a light of hope, making a significant difference in the lives of those who face the daunting challenge of living with cancer.
Northern Ireland Online joins the local community in extending heartfelt congratulations to Dawn for her well-deserved BEM award. Her unwavering commitment to cancer patients and the establishment of Hope House serve as an inspiration to us all. This recognition not only honours Dawn’s remarkable achievements but also serves as a testament to the power of compassion, community, and the enduring spirit of hope in the face of adversity.
Contact Hope House Ireland
Tel: 028 9570 4607
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