Dermot Bannon opens revamped family houses at LauraLynn

by Padraig Conlon
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Celebrity architect and TV favourite Dermot Bannon recently opened the newly refurbished family accommodation at LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice.

Dermot visited the southside charity last week to cut the red tape on the new rooms at Ireland’s only children’s hospice.

LauraLynn has four family bedrooms alongside a living space and kitchen area allowing entire families to book in for short stays at the hospice.

These short stays allow the child using the service, their parents and any siblings they may have to enjoy quality time together making memories as a family.

This specialised family accommodation was in need of some improvements, as it was over eight-years-old and a little outdated.

With no dedicated State funding however a renovation project was not something that seemed possible.

This year alone over €4.6m of LauraLynn’s annual running costs will need to be met via fundraised income.

The chance to do the much-needed refurbishment came about when Chris Mackin, one of the owners of Malmac construction, offered to help out if there was any building work needed.

Belinda Rohan of Belinda Rohan interiors also came on board to offer her services free of charge alongside Malmac construction.

Through the amazing work of the two generous groups, the entire project came at no cost to the charity, who provide vital services to those who are ill.

The regeneration of the space has a direct impact on those who use the service.

Liam Ryan, 11, has been going to LauraLynn for four years.

His mum Niamh said that Laura Lynn is like “a home away from home” for the family.

“It’s a lovely place for our family to come knowing that Liam is being minded and loved and is safe and happy,” she said.

“We get to just be Mam, Dad and brother as all of Liam’s medical and care needs are looked after by the lovely staff.

“But LauraLynn is so much more than that.

“We all feel minded as the fantastic staff think of our whole family and this project has created such beautiful relaxing spaces for all of us to rest and feel so refreshed after our stay.”

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