Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene Turn on Christmas Tree Lights at OLCHC

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20th November, 2018


Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene Turn on Christmas Tree Lights at

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin


Universal Children’s Day was celebrated at our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) today with Westlife member and 2FM presenters, Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene officially turning on the Christmas Tree Lights and launching the CMRF Crumlin ‘Childhood Illness Takes Too Much’ Christmas campaign. Along with broadcasting live from the hospital, Nicky and Jenny met children and their families in the hospital and were joined by Trabolgan Holiday Villages’ much loved Florrie the Fox, Peppa Pig and George.

“We are over the moon that Nicky and Jenny were able to turn on the Christmas lights at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.” Lisa-Nicole Dunne, CEO of CMRF Crumlin, said. “They were so generous with their time, visiting the children and their parents in the hospital. Approximately 11,000 children are expected to visit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital over the month of December. We’re funding research into common childhood illnesses, like cancer, cystic fibrosis and cardiac conditions to name a few, to be able to provide gentler and innovative treatments, and better outcomes for  Ireland’s sickest children. We are so thankful that Nicky and Jenny took time out of their busy schedule to visit the children here in hospital – it makes such a huge difference!”

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“I’m delighted to be able to raise awareness of the CMRF Crumlin ‘Childhood Illness Takes Too Much’ campaign.” Nicky Byrne said. “Like any parent, I’ve worried constantly about my kids when they’ve been sick and it’s horrible. Sometimes you can pray for a bit of peace and quiet, but when your kids are lethargic and sick, you just want them back playing, back messing and back to being themselves. Seeing first-hand the work the nurses, doctors, surgeons and hospital staff do around the clock to do whatever it takes to get the kids better is amazing. I’m delighted to be able to raise awareness of the vital work they do and to help in any way I can.”

Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing at OLCHC said, “It is extra special and fitting to commence the magical Christmas Season for children in the hospital on Universal Children’s Day where our theme is #GoBlue. The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is the first event of many in a jam packed calendar planned for our children and their families. Between now and the end of the year, choirs, Kids Classics, ballet performances, and a number of Ireland’s sporting heroes and celebrities will take part in the hospital’s festivities.

We are delighted to welcome special guests, 2FM presenters, Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene and much loved children’s characters from Trabolgan Holiday Village along with some of our children to do the honour of switching on  the Christmas tree lights today. It is so lovely to see the children’s faces light up in awe and wonder. We would also like to thank CMRF Crumlin for our beautiful Christmas Tree and lights this year.”

CMRF Crumlin is funding 43 active research grants into cardiology, infection, cancer, immunology, and neonatology. Over the past year, CMRF Crumlin has committed €8.4 million to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre. With over 150,000 children on average walking through the doors of Our Lady’s every year, CMRF said that vital funding is needed to help children and their families through their most vulnerable moments.

“Less than 3% of all medical research funding in Ireland goes into paediatric research so it is grossly underfunded” Lisa-Nicole said. “There is nothing more vulnerable than a sick child, and, as a parent, nothing more terrifying than having a sick child. More focus needs to be given to childhood illness research. Whilst significant progress has been made, this is not always the case. Working with our partners at the National Children’s Research Centre and at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, we have a strong plan to radically improve the focus on paediatric research to do whatever it takes to change the record on childhood illness and we need public support to achieve this”.

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