Thursday 19 January 2017

WATCH: Irish rugby stars make 'superhero' visit to Children’s Hospice LauraLynn

Paul Healy

Published 11/05/2015 | 19:55

Dressed head to toe in superhero outfits, some of the county’s biggest rugby heroes showed their support for children’s hospice LauraLynn.

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The service was launching Children’s Hospice Week with a bang as Leinster stars Isaac Boss , Shane Jennings and other stars dressed up in full superhero gear.

A Dublin couple, who are getting married this Friday spoke of their joy at having their son be happy and healthy thanks to the care of the  hospice.

Martin O’Gara (4) was declared brain dead at birth and was given 5 weeks to live.

He defied all the odds and survived and will now be the ring bearer at his parents wedding.

Sarah Gibson (42)  and Martin O’Gara (37) , said that the hospice was “like a second home” to them and that it helped get them through the “tough journey” of the last four years.

 “It’s thanks to them that we are the family that we are today”, Ms Gibson told Independent.ie.

“Sarah stays home to mind Martin and we are given some nurses at home but over all its 24 hour care and we just love him to bits and we would do everything for him,  and if it wasn’t for  Laura Lynn and the respite they give us , we would be starving otherwise”, Mr O’Gara said.

During Children’s Hospice Week LauraLynn  is asking the public to get involved in the week and be a SuperHero for LauraLynn by texting 50300 SUPERHERO to donate €4 or hold a Hero Bake Off, Dress Up for a Day, or take part in a hero challenge.

Speaking at LauraLynn, Isaac Boss said: “Over the last season with them as a charity partner of Leinster Rugby we have seen the impact they have on the lives of these inspirational children and their families.

“Whatever help we can give to raise awareness levels of this great work, we are happy to do”.

The service needs €3 million in funding each year in order to keep providing free care to families who have children with life limiting conditions.

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