Raising funds for metastatic breast cancer research

Charlotte’s vision is an Irish charity, set up in memory of Charlotte Sweeney, who passed away in December 2021 just before her 42nd birthday.
Charlotte's Vision raises funds specifically for metastatic breast cancer research via the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.
Below you can learn more, donate online, and view our upcoming events.

About The Charity

Charlotte Sweeney, passed away just before her 42nd birthday when the cancer in her breast spread to her liver leaving her without hope of survival but with the question of “how long?”.

After her death her friends and family wanted to provide more hope for other patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer decided to set up a new charity called Charlotte’s Vision.

The journey to setting up any charity is not easy therefore they sought the support of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) based in University Hospital Galway.
Close friend and chairperson of Charlotte’s Vision, Caroline Downey explained; “When Charlotte was diagnosed, she spoke to me about metastatic cancer, at the time I had no idea what it meant, to me breast cancer was breast cancer and we just needed to keep praying and hoping that she would get better. Unfortunately for Charlotte her breast cancer had spread to her liver, this is secondary cancer and currently there is no cure. It is about keeping the person alive for as long as possible.
After she died, I approached NBCRI in the hope that we could create a charity that would specifically look at research for metastatic breast. Thankfully Prof. Michael Kearns and chairperson of NBCRI Caroline Loughnane were delighted with our initiative and allowed us to be part of their charity. This means that all our funds raised will go to metastatic research. Charlotte’s Vision is governed by NBCRI. This is a massive achievement to be part of such an amazing charity that already does such great work in the fight against breast cancer. We are so proud to be associated with NBCRI as well as having the opportunity to see the work Prof. Kearns and his team carry out on a daily basis.”   

Charlotte’s mum Virigie added; “we, as a family are devastated at the loss of Charlotte. She was an extraordinary person who was herself a scientist. She would be so happy to know that we are going to be raising funds for metastatic breast cancer research. We lost Charlotte and we want to try and prevent other families from losing their loved ones. NBCRI have been so great, and we look forward to working with them to raise as much as possible to help with their ongoing research. Charlotte has a core group of friends who are now known as Char’s Tribe and they are all part of the charity giving their time, support and knowledge free of charge. All proceeds from every event will go directly to metastatic research.” 

Johanna Downes, fundraiser for NBCRI said at the launch of Charlotte’s Vision; “I was lucky enough to meet Charlotte, she was a fabulous person and what her friends and family are doing in her name is just brilliant. I have been part of NBCRI for many years, I have seen where the monies raised go and I know it is making a difference. But we need to continue this as more research is needed. Charlotte’sVision is really going to highlight the need for research in metastatic breast cancer.” 

Charlotte’s Vision, raising much needed funds for metastatic breast cancer research in partnership with NBCRI.  

Our Team

Shelly Wallace, Michelle Concannon, Pauline O'Brien, Dee Varden, Aideen Burke, Virgie Sweeney ( Charlotte's Mum), Caroline Downey (Chairperson Charlotte's Vision), Aoife Donnelly, Suzanne Garvey, Caitriona Coen, Orla Browne.

Our Committe

Committee Members: Michelle Skelton, Michelle Concannon, Virgie Sweeney, Caroline Downey, Caitriona Coen & Orla Conroy,

How You Can Help

Get Tickets for Pre Races Luncheon at the Ard Ri House Hotel

Join us for a Pre-Races Luncheon at the Ard Ri House Hotel on Friday, August 2nd, at 12 noon

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Upcoming Events

Pre Races Luncheon - Friday August 2nd 2024

Join us for a Pre-Races Luncheon at the Ard Ri House Hotel on Friday, August 2nd, at 12 noon. Enjoy an Ard Ri House cocktail, a 4-course lunch with prosecco, racing tips from our expert, and live race viewing on the big screen. Participate in the best-dressed lady competition with a €1000 prize from @mesmereyes_ and a best headpiece award from @michelle_kearns_designs. Tickets are €50 and available at the Ard Ri House Hotel from Monday, July 15th. All proceeds go to Charlotte's Vision.
Ard Ri House Hotel
August 2, 2024
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Sarah Cronin - Run Killarney 2024

We are so thankful to Sarah for choosing to support Charlotte's Vision this June. Please support her if you can.
Killarney Co.Kerry
June 8, 2024
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Glamour for Good

Gather the gang together for a night of fashion. With MC Mandy Maher of Catwalk Modelling Agency, enjoy a Prosecco & Canape Reception, Exhibition stands & Fashion Show all the while supporting Charlotte's Vision
Ard Ri House Hotel, Tuam Co. Galway
April 27, 2024
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Vision of Hope NYE Ball

The Ard Ri House New Years Eve Gala Charity Ball has been officially launched for 2023🥂 and we, Charlotte's Vision in partnership with @breastcancer_research are honoured to be one of the two chosen charities along with Tuam Cancer Care .‍
Ard Ri House Hotel
January 1, 2024
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Two Tones, One Cause Pink & Teal Unite Fashion Event

This October, Charlotte's Vision, in collaboration with @breastcancer_research (NBCRI), invites you to a girls night out titled "Two Tones, One Cause, Pink and Teal Unite for Breast Cancer Awareness month" an evening of fashion and beauty in aid of Charlotte’s Vision.
Ard Ri House Hotel Tuam
October 27, 2023
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Streets of Galway 2023

Super photo of Charlotte's sister Helen, brother Declan and sister-in-law Catherine after finishing the Streets of Galway on Saturday. The trio raised over €800 for Charlotte's Vision which raises funds for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research in collaboration with @breastcancer_research in the Lamb Institute in Galway.
August 12, 2023
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Pink Afternoon

Committee members @styledbycarolinedowney @shell_skelton and Virgie at the Pink Afternoon in aid of @breastcancer_research at @thelodgeashford
The Lodge at Ashford
June 10, 2023
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VHI Mini Marathon 2023

Charlotte's Vision Chairperson, Caroline Downey ran this year's VHI Mini Marathon along with some of the amazing ladies that took part for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.
June 4, 2023
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Tuam Herald Feature

Thank you to the The Tuam Herald for featuring our good news . We are so proud of all we have achieved so far since our launch last October.
May 21, 2023
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Tour of Lambe Institute

Some of Charlotte's Vision Committee members meeting Dr Roisin Dwyer, Principal Reserch Investigator in the National Breast Cancer Research Institute
Lambe Institute Galway
January 31, 2023
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New Years Eve 2022 Fundraising Ball

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Town Hall
December 31, 2022
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The Gab with Ronan Lardner

Listen to Ronan talk with Virgie, Charlotte's Mum and her friends Caroline & Michelle
December 26, 2022
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