On a cancer diagnosis the family’s life is deeply impacted. Aoibheann’s Pink Tie provides a hand to hold offering practical and financial support to families to make the journey through treatment a little bit more bearable.

We cover travel, accomodation, payments towards household expenditure but more importantly moral and practical support for the family unit as they travel through cancer treatment.

Background & Purpose

Aoibheann’s Pink Tie National Children’s Cancer Charity was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman after the death of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann from a rare type of cancer. She was only 8 years old. Jimmy and his family had large support from friends and family. At Aoibheann’s funeral the men wore pink ties so the name Aoibheann’s Pink Tie was formed in her memory to remedy the lack of support to other families on the ward battling cancer. Mick and Jimmy started raising funds for one family at a time gaining huge support over the years to now become the go to children’s charity helping thousands of families over the years with their incredible team proudly supporting every family with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

Aobheanns Pink Tie provides respite care, whilst also looking after the well-being of the family unit as their child battles cancer.


Aoibheann’s Pink Tie mission is to provide practical and financial support available to children suffering from cancer in Ireland and their families.

Our Vision

A future where Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, and society in general, will embrace the particular needs of children (and their families) during their battle with cancer, providing the supports to allow the family to focus on their wellbeing, their support of each other, and the treatment and recovery of their child.


Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” receive no government funding. Support is from the generosity and tireless work of volunteers throughout the country and beyond. Aoibheann’s Pink Ties work is completed by a dedicated volunteer team and with only two part time paid employees.

Regulations & Audit

Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” is a registered charity. Aoibheann’s Pink Tie is fully financially audited and compliant with the charity regulators office.


We provide practical, emotional and financial fall back to those families who need it. The support varies case by case as almost every situation is different. Families are referred to us by the social workers working on oncology wards primarily in St. John’s Ward in Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.

How we can help:

  • Limited Emergency Financial Support
  • Respite days for families
  • Friendly, understanding support network with Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Parents Facebook page
  • Hickman drysuits for swimming and showering
  • Emergency Packs
  • Twice yearly Children’s themed parties
  • Chemo duck project
  • PicNominate (Customized murals for a wall on the child’s bedroom)
  • Christmas hampers
  • Freddie vests
  • Care Package

Aoibheann's Lighthouse

Aoibheann’s Lighthouse is a respite home for families of children with cancer. It is located a short stroll from Crumlin Hospital and provides a home from home to families looking for a short or longer stay. It’s a 3 story dwelling with immaculate gardens providing a tranquil haven for the families we help. We had huge help in Buying this property with funds raised from the record-breaking Strip and Dip in 2019. Gardens were donated by the people of the Cooley Peninsula in their annual event. We were also helped by the National Retained Firefighters of Ireland and had donations of materials and labour from several contractors to whom we are forever grateful.

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