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Sunday 20 April 2014

Pyjama Day is no snooze for seriously ill children

Babies, Toddlers, and Pre-school children celebrating National Pyjama Day with Manager Margaret Kerins and staff, at Tír na nÓg Creche, Ballydesmond. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald.

WHEN the Corkman called to Tír na nÓg Creche in Ballydesmond at around 11am last Friday morning we were thinking of leaving again straight away because all the children were dressed in their pyjamas and just about to go to bed - or so we thought.

However, we soon discovered that Friday was actually National Pyjama Day and that the children, their families, and staff, were in fact raising money for the Children's Hospice Home Care Programme.

Little Katelyn Fleming was one of the first to clarify the situation. "We can't go to bed in the morning", she said, "because we are not tired", and Ellie O'Sullivan followed with: "We are having a Pyjama Party".

Meanwhile, Daniel Cotter outlined what should be common sense for everyone when he remarked: "You can't go to bed in the daytime".

The Corkman's next port of call was Rathcoole Playschool and although the children were also in the pyjamas, they must have had a good sleep because they were having a lively disco! Ciara Murphy explained how she had put money in the box "to help the sick children", and added as an afterthought "I like money!".

At Teach na nÓige in Liscarroll, the tots were talking about all the lovely food they had for breakfast, which included sausages, nuggets, waffles, scrambled egg, beans, and toast, rice crispies and juice.

Mary Rose Vaughan was tucking into a delicious ice cream and seven months old Diarmuid Kelleher had a million dollar smile for the camera.

John Vaughan told the Corkman how he loved giving money to help sick children while Aileen O'Reilly wants to come to school in her pyjamas every day because they are 'so cuddly'.

National Pyjama Day, now in it's 10th year, has a phenomenal track record - raising €1.73 million for children's charities in Ireland to date.

This year's beneficiary, The Children's Hospice programme, provides quality care at home for children with life limiting conditions.

More information can be accessed at www.earlychildhoodireland.ie.

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