Thursday 22 August 2019

Generous couple renovate apartments for families of serious ill children and now they need your help

The couple hope the apartments provide respite for the families of seriously sick children
Stock image: Depositphotos
The couple hope the apartments provide respite for the families of seriously sick children Stock image: Depositphotos
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

A kind-hearted couple are appealing for people to donate furniture and homeware items to help the families of serious ill children.

We are in for two of the busiest shopping days of the year as people splurge on bargains during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, had a seriously unwell young relative who was cared for by Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

They have now decided to give back by helping other families who are in a similar situation.

The man told Independent.ie: "We know from experience that everything is so focused on the sick child that the well-being of the parents can fall to the wayside.

"So we have renovated three small apartments which can be used by patrons of the Jack and Jill Foundation, an organisation which provides services including respite home care to the families of unwell children.

"We're hoping this would give them a bit of a break and a chance to spend quality time together."

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Jonathan Irwin, CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation
Jonathan Irwin, CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

The three two bed apartments are located in Bantry, Co Cork.

The apartments each sleep five people as the couple have put in a double bed and a triple bunk bed (which consists of a double and single mattress) into the properties.

They also each have a large bathroom with a disability shower and a combined kitchen/diner.

The Jack and Jill Foundation will handle the running of the apartments and those using them will only have to pay for electricity costs.

The couple said that a business in Dunmanway, Cork provided safety flooring for free, while the charity arranged the plumbing and electricity work, while they paid for everything else.

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They are hoping that the public will dig deep and donate furniture and other much-needed items.

He said: "The man who was putting down the flooring suggested we put an ad looking for goods on Adverts.ie and DoneDeal, as people are always offering stuff there.

"He pointed out that with Black Friday and Cyber Monday taking place people will be out buying new stuff and throwing away other bits that are in relatively good condition, so why not try?"

They've requested that any items donated are either new or in excellent condition.

They are looking for:

  • 3 x 4’ 6” dbl divan beds.
  • 3 x 4’ 6” mattresses
  • 3 x 4’ 6” headboards
  • 3 x  Three Sleeper (Triple) Bunk Beds
  • 3 x Sets of mattresses for the bunk beds
  • Quilts and pillows for all of the above
  • 3 x 3ft Round wooden tables and 4 chairs each.

  • 3 x Tidy 2-seater sofas (no large arms)

  • 3 x Tub chairs (6 might be okay too)

  • 3 x Flat Screen TV’s (we have put satellite dish in)

  • 2 x solid double wardrobes

  • 9 x  pair of curtains 48” x 60” drop

  • 2 x pair of curtains 44” x 86” drop

  • 1 x pair of curtains 15’ x 60” drop (could be several curtains, a wide window)

  • Delf, teapots, plunger cafetiere, trays, rugs (all the other bits)

  • They added: "We would like to make it a ‘home from home’ for the families and appreciate your help."

    • For more information please contract the project's co-ordinator, Linda Cronin by emailing adnil-1@hotmail.com

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