Local TD and Health Minister Leo Varadkar visited LauraLynn Children’s Hospice in Foxrock, to meet staff, children and residents.
He also took the opportunity to discuss LauraLynn’s future plans.
LauraLynn is Ireland’s first and only children’s hospice. Since opening in September 2011, 198 families across Ireland now have access to respite, home support and end-of-life care for children with highly medically dependent or terminal conditions.
LauraLynn House is a specially created palliative care unit located in the grounds of the Children’s Sunshine Home, Leopardstown, Dublin.
Every year there are approximately 320 child deaths and more than 3,840 children living with life limiting conditions in Ireland. The monies required to build LauraLynn was 100% generated through fundraising. It cost €5.5 million to build and fit-out the hospice and now costs €2.9 million to operate each year.
In June 2014, a pilot programme of LauraLynn@HOME was launched, delivering hands-on hospice care in the home in collaboration with the community outreach nurses and other services providers in the community. To date it has cared for 62 families across 11 counties.
LauraLynn’s fundraising income goes towards 24:7, year-round palliative and supportive care to children and their families, as well as the educational and training required to support the development of a specialist children’s palliative care team.