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This year’s annual National Children’s Hospice Week will run from May 20 until 26, with a number of exciting events taking place across the week.

National Children’s Hospice Week was launched by Ireland AM star Alan Hughes and Weekend AM beauty Anna Daly at LauraLynn, Ireland’s only children’s hospice on Tuesday.

The annual campaign is aimed at raising awareness and vital funds for children’s hospice care in Ireland, with coverage across the week on Virgin Media. The peak of the weeklong partnership will be a Children’s Hospice Telethon, which will air from LauraLynn’s grounds on May 22.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Moments that Matter”, highlighting how precious time is for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, and that capturing and savouring the big and small moments every day can accumulate into valuable memories to cherish for years to come.

As part of the activities for National Children’s Hospice Week, families of LauraLynn will have a number of opportunities to create special occasions, celebrate, and have fun with their child, which they may not usually have the opportunity to do without specialist support.

Orla O’Brien, CEO of LauraLynn, said: “This year alone LauraLynn requires €5 million to maintain services, of which €4.3 million must be raised through fundraising efforts. So events such as National Children’s Hospice Week are critical in achieving this target.

“As Ireland’s only children’s hospice, we provide vital palliative care services for children with life-limiting conditions, because a hospice focuses on how a child and their family can live at home with their condition and provides support to the wider family who are often under immense physical, emotional and financial pressure.

“We are extremely grateful to Ireland AM and their generous viewers for their continued support of National Children’s Hospice Week and the energy and commitment they bring to the week; it’s fantastic.”