Ireland’s first children’s hospice, LauraLynn House was officially opened today, Tuesday, 27th September by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese at the Children’s Sunshine Home, Dublin.
After seven years of tireless fundraising by both the Children’s Sunshine Home and the former LauraLynn Hospice Foundation, the country’s first children’s hospice is now a reality. The €5.5m required to build and fit-out the House was raised entirely through fundraising.
The Children’s Sunshine Home cares for children (from birth to 18 years) with life limiting conditions and their families by providing high quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and end-of-life care. LauraLynn House will provide these services in a unit designed and built specifically for this purpose.
The house has eight bedrooms, each with an en-suite facility and comfortable living accommodation. Four family suites will enable families to come and stay and be near their child when visiting the Children’s Sunshine Home. The House also includes a quiet room, meeting room and multisensory playroom, bathroom and garden. The Butterfly Suite will provide a “resting place” for the child and family after the child has passed away.