Children’s Hospice Week 2017

22 May
2017

As Children’s Hospice Week 2017 kicks off, LauraLynn, Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice is calling on a renewed focus on the needs of families struggling to live as normal a life as possible, whilst caring for their seriously ill child and other children.

Commenting on the stark reality of the situation, Sharon Morrow, LauraLynn CEO said, “there are over 3,800 children in Ireland currently living with a life-limiting condition, with 700 of them and their families needing hospice care.  Tragically, 352 children with a life limiting illness will die this year, most within their first year of life. For many of these families, specialist palliative care services that they so badly need are inaccessible”.

Children’s Hospice Week takes place from 22nd – 28th May 2017 and focuses on the incredible little heroes, the seriously ill children and their families, cared for by LauraLynn.  Family time is precious and as the only children’s hospice in the state LauraLynn provides essential support to families at the toughest of times in the hospice, in the hospital, in the community or in their home, whatever the child and family wish.

Since opening in September 2011, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice has provided specialised hospice care to more than 325 children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Unlike a hospital, a hospice focuses on how a child can live with their condition, and provide support for the wider family who are often under immense physical, emotional and financial pressure.

Throughout Children’s Hospice Week, TV3 will be partnering with LauraLynn for the third year to raise awareness and vital funds for Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice.  The partnership will see TV3 host and air the first Children’s Hospice Telethon across all daytime programmes on Friday 26th May.  All funds raised will provide specialised care and support for children with life-limiting illness and for their families.

For more information on how you can ‘Be a Hero’ for Children’s Hospice Week visit lauralynn.ie/how-to-help/hospice-week OR text SUPERHERO to 50300 to  donate €4. LauraLynn will receive a minimum of €3.25. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278. 

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