Young writers raise €10,000 for children in hospitals

by Amy Rohu

The commissioner of Irish Lights and Children in Hospital Ireland have announced that proceeds from the sale of The Lighthouse Story book have reached €10,000 to date, writes Amy Rohu.

The book, which was launched in November 2020, comprises of a collection of stories written by children as part of the Young Story Keepers project, which was also launched last year.

Commenting at the presentation of the cheque to Children in Hospital Ireland, Yvonne Shields O’Connor, CEO of Commissioners of Irish Lights said:  “This is such a wonderful storybook full of inspirational tales submitted by young writers and supported by imaginative and captivating illustrations. We knew it would have broad appeal for adults and children alike. The fact that it is raising funds for two such important organisations that help children navigate through their time in hospital makes the book even more significant.”

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Anna Gunning, CEO Children in Hospital Ireland said:  “We were thrilled when Irish Lights brought this fantastic publication to us. The funds raised will continue to help us deliver our services to children and their families, some of whom may be spending long periods of time in hospitals.”

She added: “We have further copies of The Lighthouse Storybook available for sale and we hope to approach schools, bookshops and museum giftshops now that restrictions are gradually lifting as we know the book would have an appeal for all these audiences.”

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