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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Aoibheann's legacy: Home from home to help families of sick children

‘Always missed’: Jimmy Norman with daughter Aoibheann and son Sean. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
‘Always missed’: Jimmy Norman with daughter Aoibheann and son Sean. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Elaine Keogh

Work on making a home from home for families whose children are being treated for cancer at Our Lady's Children's Hospital will start within weeks.

The house, called Aoibheann's Lighthouse, a short walk from the Crumlin hospital in Dublin, was bought by the charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie.

The charity is named after Aoibheann Norman, who would have celebrated her 18th birthday last week.

She died from cancer in 2010 and her dad Jimmy Norman and family friend Mick Rochford set up the charity to provide practical help to families.

The charity got its name because the men at her funeral all wore pink ties. In the intervening years it has provided a range of support.

Jimmy said the idea of providing a house came to him as he walked through Crumlin one day. "I thought, wouldn't it be great to build accommodation for parents?"

The charity has now bought a semi-detached house close to the hospital and work to renovate it is to begin at the end of June.

He said Aoibheann was always missed - but by having the house, as well as all the other practical supports for families, he had helped build a legacy in her memory.

Irish Independent

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