Christmas Message from the Chairman and the CEO of LauraLynn

22 Dec
2016

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of LauraLynn, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support during 2016 – the year of our 5th Birthday.

2016 has been an extraordinary year! It got off to a wonderful start with our successful HIQA registration of our disability services, swiftly followed by our selection by the Rory Foundation as a beneficiary of their Irish Open charity partnership which raised vital awareness of and funds for our services. In March, we hosted our first Oscars Ceremony and in October, seven LauraLynn children starred in the world premiere of ‘The Magical Cake Making Machine’ in partnership with The Abbey Theatre, National Concert Hall and National Gallery of Ireland.

Our Family Fun Day and Christmas Party were moved offsite to accommodate greater numbers of families wishing to attend. Blessed with balmy weather, Light Up LauraLynn was bigger and busier than ever before and our continued partnership with TV3 for Children’s Hospice Week raised a staggering €117,461 for LauraLynn.

This year was an even busier year than last; with more children and families than ever before using our growing range of hospice services. We’ve seen a significant increase in the numbers of referrals we’re getting and have implemented a new holistic needs assessment so we can build a tailored care plan to meet each family’s specific requirements. Our newly opened Family Suite and décor changes have brought a more homely atmosphere to LauraLynn House which has been warmly received by families, volunteers and staff alike.

The children and adults in our disability services enjoyed a broader range of community engagement activities this year, both individually and collectively. Whether it was trips away on holiday or days out swimming or horse riding, these outings were a source of fun and fulfilment and we’ll be planning more for the year ahead.

There were lots of changes too. In keeping with our rotation of Directors, David Andrews stepped down as Chairman of our Board and Dr Hugh Monaghan and Prof. Philip Larkin announced their retirement as Directors. We would like to thank them sincerely for their dedication and service. At the same time, we welcomed the arrival of Dr Denise McDonald to strengthen the Board. In spite of the global shortage of suitably qualified nursing staff, our recruitment programme has been very successful this year. Volunteer numbers have continued to grow, exceeding the number of staff members and enabling us to deliver care to many more children and their families.

Despite the shadows cast on the charity sector, we have been humbled by your continued trust in us, please be assured of our promise to you – for openness and transparency about how we raise and spend our money. Our Annual Report & Financial Statements can be accessed here and please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit and meet the team.

We would like to extend special Christmas wishes to Jane and Brendan McKenna, who this year stepped back from their public role with LauraLynn. On behalf of all of us here at LauraLynn, and the many children and families needing hospice care, we say a humble and sincere thank you for their energy, inspiration and achievements. You can read their Christmas Message here.

The year ahead will bring many challenges for LauraLynn – none least the continued challenge of funding our services in the face of growing demand for care. We feel sure that with your help, 2017 will be another exciting year for LauraLynn and the children and families we care for.

On behalf of the Board and staff, and more importantly, on behalf of the children, adults and families whom we serve, may we thank you for your continued support and wish you and those you love a peaceful and blessed Christmas,

Niall McHugh & Sharon Morrow

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