World Book Day Campaign launched for Children in Hospital Ireland

by Amy Rohu

Books give us places to go when we have to stay where we are

On World Book Day, Thursday 4th March, and for the month of March, Children’s health charity, Children in Hospital Ireland are encouraging people to “donate to buy a book” for a child in hospital.

For children in hospitals, books and stories are particularly important as they provide distraction, entertainment and can transport a child to another world. Books give us places to go when we have to stay where we are. People can donate here at childreninhospital.ie

World Book Day has become firmly established in the nation’s consciousness as a key part of the cultural calendar and is a focal point for celebrating books and opening up the benefits of reading for everyone.

Anna Gunning, CEO of Children in Hospital Ireland said “We were thrilled when Author Lorraine Levis approached us with this fundraising idea. Much of our volunteering services have been paused and visiting restrictions continue making hospital more difficult for children at the moment. Funds raised from this campaign will enable us to select the most appropriate books suitable for all ages and abilities and deliver children in hospitals over the coming months”.

Between March and December 2020 Children in Hospital Ireland delivered approximately 10,000 hospital friendly individual activity packs and play resources to 21 hospitals with paediatric wards across the country and are continuing these distributions while restrictions are in place.

Gunning went on to say “while individual play packs are no substitute for our 500+ play volunteers we know that they provide a very welcome diversion for children at the moment.”

Author Lorraine Levis, who came up with the idea said “As Children in Hospital Ireland have the knowledge and expertise of working closely with hospitals and the play specialists, I knew they would be most appropriate children’s charity to bring this idea to. Children in Hospital Ireland provide for each child in a hospital – whether an out-patient or a longer-term stay – every child has the opportunity for play and recreation”.

For more information see childreninhospital.ie

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