03 Dec 2021

Kildare people urged to help Jack and Jill care for special needs kids

Fiona, MJ and Caroline
Co Kildare people are being urged to help a charity aims to raise €200,000 to fund 12,500 hours of home nursing care for sick children. The Jack and Jill Foundation is using its campaign to build awareness about kids under its care who have a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. A spokeswoman said: “We are honoured and inspired to support these children and their families who have a resilience and commitment to make every day count. "These are precious children in every community in Ireland who typically take seizures, are oxygen dependent, are tube fed and have problems sleeping. "But underneath all of this disability, these are children who do better at home medically, emotionally, financially amongst their family, their community, where they belong. "This campaign is about community helping community, neighbour helping neighbour, and friends getting together to have fun and raise money for a good, local cause." The Jack & Jill-funded homecare plan is designed around the whole family. There is no waiting list and the nurses provide an out of hours service for the families that need it and operate 365 days a year. The nationwide service includes home visits and care, advice, information, lobbying and bereavement support, with the Foundation providing funding for up to 64 hours of home nursing care per month at a cost of €1024 per family and up to 80 hours per month for end of life care. With less than 20 per cent of its funding coming from the State, the Jack & Jill Foundation relies on the generosity of the public and campaigns like ‘Up the Hill for Jack & Jill’ to keep going.                                

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