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PICS: TV3 Stars launch fundraising campaign for LauraLynn

Ahead of Children’s Hospice Week, TV3 stars Alan Hughes, Karen Koster, Muireann O’Connell and Anna Daly visited LauraLynn to launch a major fundraising initiative for Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice.

Children’s Hospice Week takes place from 22nd – 28th May 2017, and throughout the 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.

Great cause: TV3 stars dressed up to launch the fundraising campaign for LauraLynn | Shane O’Neill Photography

Speaking at the launch Sharon Morrow, LauraLynn CEO said, “Ahead of Children’s Hospice Week we are focusing on the heroic efforts of families struggling to live as normal a life as possible, whilst caring for their seriously ill child and other children. Family time is precious and as the only children’s hospice in the state we provide essential support to families at the toughest of times in our hospice, in the hospital, in the community or in their home, whatever the child and family wish.

“We are extremely grateful to TV3 for their continued support of LauraLynn for Children’s Hospice Week. We depend on fundraising support to keep our doors open and the energy and commitment they bring to the week is fantastic.”

There are over 3,800 children living in Ireland with life limiting conditions and 352 of these children die each year, most within their first year of life. Since opening five years ago, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice has cared for more than 325 children and their families.

Charitable: Children’s Hospital Week aims to raise awareness and vital funds for Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice | Shane O’Neill Photography

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. LauraLynn supports the whole family and focuses on the quality of the child’s life and living well, to make the most of their short and precious lives.

Ireland AM Producer Sinead Ryan of TV3 said, “TV3 are really excited to be involved with LauraLynn for Children’s Hospice Week for the third year running. Since 2014 TV3 has raised much needed funds for Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice and we are delighted to be involved again this year. TV3 viewers have followed our ‘Be a Hero’ week since year one with monies collected increasing every year.

“It’s a great week for TV3 to be involved with, there is always great fun in LauraLynn and this year we have incorporated a few TV3 programmes into the mix but with a difference. We filmed a celebrity Gogglebox feature, a walk on part in Red Rock, an interview from one of the residents in LauraLynn with Former Celtic footballer Neil Lennon and a Day in the Life feature with families that use the LauraLynn facilities. We are looking forward to our main fundraiser day on the 26th May.”

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, Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice.

You can support Children’s Hospice Week and the TV3 Presenters by texting the presenters’ name (Text KAREN) or SUPERHERO to 50300.

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