Malahide nurse Sinead in appeal for support for Jack & Jill

by Gazette Reporter

Malahide nurse Sinead Moran is backing the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation in its appeal for local support for the organisation.

Jack & Jill provides home nursing care for 92 children in Dublin with highly complex medical and life-limiting conditions.

‘Climb the Hill with Jack & Jill’ is part of an SOS appeal under way to fill a €200,000 funding gap and to extend the age range of children supported by the charity from five to six years of age.

Across the country, Jack & Jill mobilises a crew of 700 nurses and carers to support parents who are looking after their children at home right around the clock.

For Sinead, Jack & Jill specialist children’s liaison nurse manager for Dublin, every €16 raised will make a real difference to the family of a child being cared for.

She said: “Every day our families have their own hill to climb at home. With ‘Up the Hill for Jack and Jill’, we are asking people to physically climb a hill in solidarity with those who can’t.

“It’s about neighbour helping neighbour, friend helping friend and that community support really means so much to our families and our nurses.

“It’s very simple to get involved this year, and the hill you climb can be whatever you want it to be – a gentle slope, a mountain peak, or a simple walk with a friend.”

Jack & Jill support is not just for a week or a weekend, but a vital and ongoing connection throughout the child’s early years, with the charity providing an average of 40 hours’ support a month to 362 children nationwide, increasing to 80 hours for end-of-life support.

This encompasses a range of tasks as per the child’s unique needs, and may include peg feeding, monitoring of vital signs and medication management. The service operates seven days a week, with no waiting list.

CEO Carmel Doyle said the charity was determined to extend the age range of children it supports to six years. This has begun by way of a pilot scheme.

For more information and to register visit www.jackandjill.ie.

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation can also be found on Instagram @jackandjillcf, on Twitter @jackandjillcf, and on Facebook @jackandjillfoundation. The campaign hashtag is #UpTheHill2020.

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