A nationally renowned charity founded in Co Kildare launched its annual report today.
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation today launched its 2017 Annual Report, using the opportunity to thank its supporters and to show where the money goes in terms of funds raised for home nursing care for the 355 children currently under its wing with severe physical and neurological development delay, thus giving essential respite and support to their families.
The charity also provides end of life care to children up to five years of age going home to die, regardless of their named or unnamed medical condition and 43 precious children passed away at home in Jack & Jill’s care in 2017. The annual report is launched as part of Jack & Jill Awareness Week with a view to raising both funds and awareness for the charity which was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and Mary Ann O’Brien in their son Jack’s name.
According to Jack & Jill, while 2017 was a strong financial year, sustainability for the charity is an ongoing challenge, according to its Interim CEO Carmel Doyle who highlighted the additional €700,000 to be raised between now and 31st December to keep this year’s budget on target. According to the annual report, home nursing care and respite was provided to 320 precious children and delivered by a highly qualified team of 12 hands on, liaison nurses who led an army of 700 nurses and carers into the home and into the community.
Speaking at the report launch, Chairman of the Board, Donal Kavanagh said: “2017 was a strong financial year, with a surplus of €554,363 compared to a surplus of €471,604 in 2016. The number of families supported was up largely due to the increase in the age range of the children supported from four to five years of age, which came into effect in September 2017. This meant the number of children under our care and the costs involved increased throughout the year, with 135 new referrals in 2017, but extending our remit to five years of age was the right thing to do at the right time.”
He said:“The charity is triple locked under the Charities Institute Ireland standard in transparent reporting, good fundraising and governance and we always show where exactly the money goes in Jack & Jill, a very important message for the public in terms of charity donations."
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