CHILDREN in Limerick who wore their pyjamas to the creche for a day have helped raise over €250,000 for paediatric palliative care services in the Mid-West and across the country.
While the adults might enjoy dressing up for black-tie and masquerade balls, the little ones preferred to dress down for their charity event, National Pyjama Day.
The fundraiser is organised by Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) - which represents childcare centres around the country - in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Home Care for Children programme.
And the €250,000 raised this year through the efforts of 55,000 children in Limerick and around the country brings to almost €1 million the amount National Pyjama Day has brought in over the past four years.
Monies raised fund Ireland’s only consultant palliative care paediatrician in Crumlin Hospital as well as outreach nurses throughout Ireland, including Hilary Noonan, who is based at University Hospital Limerick.
“My role as a children’s outreach nurse is to help families care for their child with a life-limiting illness. I help support parents through this challenging time, all the while working closely with our community-based colleagues to ensure a coordinated approach and continuity to the care provided to the children and their families. I act as an informed resource for professionals unfamiliar with the child’s condition,” explained Hilary.
Teresa Heeney, CEO of ECI, said National Pyjama Day was about children helping children and thanked all the childcare professionals who have supported the initiative.