The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is asking people to support local and donate local by going “Up the Hill for Jack & Jill” this October.
Funds raised will go towards the home nursing care of Jack & Jill children around the country with highly complex medical and life-limiting conditions. These include 13 children in Kerry.
The fundraiser is part of an SOS appeal underway to fill a €200,000 funding gap and to extend the age range of children supported by the charity from five to six years of age. Jack & Jill’s front-line home-nursing care and end-of-life care is more important than ever, given the lack of respite options in the community for the children it supports.
‘Up the Hill for Jack & Jill’ will be very different this October to previous years. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, there are no big hill events being organised. Instead, participants must keep their challenge small, safe and local.
People can walk, skip, jog, cycle or climb their chosen hill. Some are even opting to climb the stairs and count their steps at work throughout the month – and the most important thing is to observe public-health advice at all times.
For Siobhan Reen, Jack & Jill Specialist Children’s Liaison Nurse for Kerry, every €16 raised will make a real difference to the family of a child being cared for:
“Every day our families have their own hill to climb at home. With ‘Up the Hill for Jack and Jill’, we are asking people to physically climb a hill in solidarity with those who can’t. It’s about neighbour helping neighbour, friend helping friend and that community support, really means so much to our families and our nurses.
“It’s very simple to get involved this year, and the hill you climb can be whatever you want it to be – a gentle slope, a mountain peak, or a simple walk with a friend. We are determined that this is one fundraising event that COVID-19 won’t flatten!” said Siobhan.
“Every person taking part contributes the cost of one hour of home nursing care. That one hour, along with all the other hours fundraised, makes a huge difference to the lives of the local families who receive ongoing support from Jack & Jill nurses.”
People can register today at www.jackandjill.ie for €16, which funds one hour of home nursing care and end-of-life care. No sponsorship card is required.