LauraLynn Ireland’s First Children’s Hospice opened in September 2011 and that was a significant milestone in the life of not only Jane McKenna the founder of the LauraLynn Foundation, a brave woman I had the great pleasure to work with for a short time, but in the lives of many children and families who are in dire need of the service and care LauraLynn House provides.
The hospice receives no state funding and relies entirely on donations.
Jane describes the function of the hospice as- “For parents, it will give that much-needed break – often as simple as a decent night’s sleep. It will also support healthy siblings, who are very much left out when a sick child needs 24-hour care. It will offer families a choice when the end comes and ongoing support for the family when the child has passed on, for as long as they choose, which is hugely important, as life can never be the same again. Home Care is also a huge part of the service, as is linking with other organisations working in similar areas.”
LauraLynn House is always very grateful for every donation no matter how small. More details can be found at www.lauralynn.ie.