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Thursday 24 July 2014

Toddlers' pyjama day a €700,000 success

Brian Byrne

Published 08/03/2014|02:30

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From left, Lily May Cleary, Liam Hurley Stanley and Tamzin Kavanagh Byrne at their preschool

Some 55,000 toddlers arrived at creches and pre-schools across the country in their favourite pyjamas.

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Youngsters from Kathy B's Montessori and Afterschool in Tallaght were among those supporting National Pyjamas Day to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation's (IHF) Hospital Home Care for Children programme.

Under the programme, eight children's outreach nurses support families caring for seriously ill children in Drogheda, Limerick, Waterford, Mullingar and Dublin.

Sharon Foley, chief executive of the IHF, said National Pyjama Day had so far raised €700,000 for the home care programme.

Ms Foley said: "This wonderful fundraising initiative has been essential in creating a new Hospice Home Care for Children programme and it is changing how care for sick children is being delivered."

Teresa Heeney from Early Childhood Ireland, which organised the event, said: "The spirit of National Pyjamas Day is children helping children and having fun, and its foundation is the hard work and dedication of childcare professionals in every community in Ireland."

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