The five Wetherspoon pubs across Ireland have joined forces to support a Dublin charity.
LauraLynn is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions, and provides respite and residential care for children and young adults with disabilities. It employs approximately 130 staff across its teaching, fundraising and care-provision departments.
The history of the hospice has evolved over many years, from its beginnings in 1925 as a convalescence home for children from the inner city to the recent opening in 2011 of LauraLynn House, a dedicated eight-bed children’s palliative care unit.
This award-winning healthcare building and its everyday operations are funded by the generous support of donors.
This is where the staff and customers at our Wetherspoon pubs come in, with fundraising events including a ‘Kick for LauraLynn’ football tournament, as well as a darts competition, involving teams from each pub.
Pub manager George Collins, who runs The Great Wood, in Blanchardstown, is spearheading the fundraising events.
He said: “LauraLynn is a wonderful charity and one for which we hope to collectively raise significant funds.
“We know how the amazing Wetherspoon fundraising efforts have supported CLIC Sargent in the UK and want to follow in those footsteps, with various events and activities to raise funds for LauraLynn.”
LauraLynn provides palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. They offer support for children from birth to age 18; all the hospice care is free for families – and children can be referred from anywhere in Ireland.
Sharron Morrow, LauraLynn CEO, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by J D Wetherspoon as its charity partner for 2016.
“At LauraLynn, we care for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, by providing high-quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and end-of-life care.
“Our approach is holistic, ensuring that the whole family is supported, and allowing parents to be ‘mums and dads’, rather than full-time carers.
“We need to raise in excess of €3.5 million every year to maintain our current services.
“Fundraising partnerships, such as this one with J D Wetherspoon, enable us to keep the doors of our hospice open, as well as bringing our hospice care directly to the child’s home through our LauraLynn@HOME service.
“We really look forward to an exciting, fun and successful year ahead for our new partnership.”