Ho Ho Day - Santa Arrives at OLCHC

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‘The Grinch’, ‘Baby Shark’ and ‘Toy Story’ transform Our Ladys Childrens Hospital, Crumlin

into a magical fantasy land on their Annual Ho Ho Day

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Gasps of delight and excitement could be heard around the wards of Our Lady’s Children’s hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) today as Santa Claus and his Elves paid a special visit to all of the patients. The excitement was palpable as news spread that Santa and his Elves were making their way around the wards with presents. They were joined by hospital departments dressed up under various themes such as Baby Shark, The Grinch, Toy Story, Superheroes, Elf on the shelf, Mr Tomato Head and Butterflies with remaining staff members decked out in their most Christmassy jumpers as part of the event.

Ho Ho Day is a special event organised every year by the Play Department and hospital staff to bring children, families and staff together for a magical day of festive celebration. The day includes face painting for the children, fancy dress competitions for the best dressed staff member(s), ward, department, and spot prizes for the children with festive entertainment provided by musicians from Kids Classics, Aoifes’s Clown Doctors and the hospitals very own Staff Choir.

Speaking during the celebrations, Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing at OLCHC said: “We look forward to this fun filled day in the hospital every year and the children and staff were so excited to see Santa and his elves today. They were also thrilled to see staff dressed up as various characters and had great fun trying to figure out who the staff were. Although we try to get as many children as we can home for Christmas, around 100 very ill children will spend Christmas Day in the hospital. Having a child with a serious illness puts a lot of strain on families, particularly at this time of year so we try to ensure that each child who spends Christmas Day in hospital has a special experience.”

“Approximately 11,000 children are expected to visit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital over the month of December.” Lisa-Nicole Dunne, CEO of CMRF Crumlin, said. “The staff in the hospital are amazing, working around the clock to make sure the children have as good a Christmas as possible. CMRF Crumlin are doing whatever it takes to change the record on childhood illness and we need public support to achieve this by giving whatever they can on cmrf.org.”

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