Paul Jackson, Hospital Saturday Fund, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Phil Deegan, Cliona’s Foundation and Dick Spring at the presentation Picture: Brian Lougheed
LIMERICK-based Charity Cliona’s Foundation received an early Christmas present when they were one of 26 Irish charities to receive donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF).
The announcement was made at a special reception hosted at University College Cork. In total, €115,000 was donated to the charities at the event, which was hosted by UCC in the Aula Maxima in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cork and with special guest Dick Spring in attendance.
“This grant is just a wonderful gift to receive,” said Terry Ring one of the founders of Cliona’s Foundation, “and will be used specifically to support families who require specialized equipment to make daily living a small bit easier for their child and family.
"The timing of the receipt of the grant is also perfect as we have just sent out cheques to 16 families and have another 25 on our waiting list. We are honoured to be a recipient and to be in the company of such other great charities.”
Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children with a life limiting illness to help them with the multiple non-medical costs of caring for their child. These costs can range from accommodation, transport, food, car parking fees, childcare costs to specialist home care equipment and in some cases even funeral expenses.
It is estimated that it costs an additional €10,000 per annum to care for a child with a life limiting illness, with many of the parents also becoming the full time carer.
Cliona’s Foundation supports families for children with a life limiting illness from birth to 16 years of age. It is the only charity in Ireland providing this type of support and to date has raised €1.25m and supported over 463 families across 29 counties in Ireland.
Speaking at the reception, Dick Spring celebrated the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of the Hospital Saturday Fund said: “The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the tireless work that they do in making such A difference to people’s lives.”
In 2017 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €1.2 million in donations and grants across Ireland and the UK.