Donation music to children's ears
THREE children's hospitals were singing the praises of an anonymous Dublin family yesterday whose generous donation will allow top concert musicians to bring music to seriously ill children.
Young patients at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Temple Street Children's University Hospital and the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght will all benefit from the €60,000 donation which will fund the 'Kids Classics' music programme for the next three years.
The Community Foundation for Ireland philanthrophic organisation yesterday thanked the publicity-shy donor for the support of the programme which brings National Concert Hall cellist Grainne Hope, double bassist Joe Csibi and Julie Mazel on the flute into the wards and playrooms.
The programme -- aimed at lifting the spirits of children undergoing treatment for life-threatening conditions like cancer and leukemia -- began as a pilot project in 2008.
And now thanks to the donation, young patients will be able to hear the musicians perform in their wards.
Tina Roche, chief executive of the Community Foundation for Ireland, said: "This Dublin family had direct experience of spending a lot of time in Our Lady's Children's Hospital and they wanted to put something back, providing positive experiences for sick children."