Lucan nursing home residents raise funds for sick children’s families

by Padraig Conlon

Kind hearted residents of a local nursing home have raised much-needed funds to help families of sick children.

Marymount Care Centre, a nursing home in Lucan, recently held a fundraiser for Hugh’s House, which provides accommodation to families of sick children in Dublin hospitals.

The residents raised €1,500 from knitting a crib and some of the lovely ladies involved made their way to Hugh’s House to present the cheque.

The house is a vital facility providing accommodation 365 days a year to the families of children who are long term in-patients of Temple Street, Holles Street, The Coombe and Rotunda hospitals.

Located less than five minutes walk from both hospitals, which manage the referrals to Hugh’s House, everyone involved helps on a totally voluntary basis.

The house, which opened in May 2015, is run by a dedicated team of caring and compassionate volunteers and supporters, without whom they wouldn’t be able to offer families the support and care they need.

Hugh’s House was founded by Ade and Marty Stack and named after their beloved son Hugh who was born on 13th December 2012 and was in hospital from day one of his life.

Sadly little Hugh lost his battle for survival after 247 days.

While in hospital with Hugh the couple noticed many parents from outside Dublin whose children were also in hospital, who were exhausted, sleeping on the floor or in a chair and often months at a time in the attic with no sitting room or privacy and a communal wash machine.

Ade Stack says: “We saw families under severe pressure with a very ill child being separated at a time when they needed each other the most.

“We saw that when a child is in hospital, no one can cheer them up or excite them as much as their brothers and sisters.

“We wanted to nourish the families with home-cooked food to strengthen them.

“Take-away food will not sustain families long-term so we want to provide a nutritious dinner through volunteer cooks.

“We wanted a place for children to play and for families to visit outside of a ward environment.

“We wanted a place for children who face long journeys for out-patient appointments to have a place to go before they face the trip back home.”

Marymount Care Centre’s knitting team have previously donated a beautiful knitted crib to Hugh’s House.

So there really were no better people to present the cheque (pictured) to such a worthy cause!

The residents proudly brought along their knitted fruit basket to show them on the day.

Some Transition Year students from Castleknock Community College, who had been spending the week with Marymount Care Centre, also joined them for the presentation.

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