Monday 14 October 2019

Legacy: Aoibheann's Lighthouse to provide support for families

Family: Jimmy Norman with daughter Aoibheann, who died of cancer in 2010, and son Sean. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Family: Jimmy Norman with daughter Aoibheann, who died of cancer in 2010, and son Sean. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Elaine Keogh

Parents whose children have had cancer are volunteering to renovate a house for other families facing the same journey.

Jimmy Norman, who set up children's cancer charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie along with his friend Mick Rochford, said volunteers had been flocking to help renovate Aoibheann's Lighthouse in Drimnagh, Dublin.

Mr Norman established the charity following the death of his daughter Aoibheann in 2010. It took its name from the pink ties people wore to her funeral.

"Aoibheann would have turned 18 on April 13 this year and this house is her legacy," said Mr Norman.

"There are about 20 tradespeople who are volunteering their time to make this house a home from home for families whose children are receiving treatment at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin."

It was bought using some of the funds raised in the 'Strip and Dip' fundraiser last year which saw 2,505 women take part.

Aoibheann Norman. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Aoibheann Norman. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Organised by Deirdre Featherstone, it raised more than €500,000 for Aoibheann's Pink Tie and is one of the main reasons the house is mortgage-free. When finished, there will be a bedroom and wet room on the ground floor as well as three other bedrooms and a separate bathroom upstairs.

Irish Independent

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