First children’s hospice opens – by Deborah Condon
The country’s first hospice for children has been officially opened by the President, Mary McAleese.
LauaLynn House in Dublin provides high quality care to children up to the age of 18, who have life limiting conditions. The house has eight en-suite bedrooms and four family suites and also includes a meeting room, quiet room, playrooms and a garden.
After a child has passed away, the Butterfly Suite will provide a ‘resting place’ for them and their family.
The hospice cost €5.5 million to complete and all of this money was raised via fundraising by the Children’s Sunshine Home and the former LauraLynn Hospice Foundation.
The Children’s Sunshine Home is a charity that supports children with life limiting conditions and their families. In 2005, it launched a hospice project and in 2007, it merged with the LauraLynn Hospice Foundation, which was set up by Jane and Brendan McKenna after the deaths of their two daughters, Laura, aged four, and Lynn, aged 15, within two years of each other.
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