'They get a laugh out of meeting the Toy Man' - Ryan Tubridy visits sick children who will spend Christmas in hospital
The Late Late show host Ryan Tubridy brought cheer to the childrens' hospital today with a special visit to mark the Christmas season.
Mr Tubridy, who is an ambassador for the Children's Medical & Research Foundation (CMRF), paid a visit to Our Lady’s Children's Hospital, Crumlin to raise awareness of vital supports for sick children.
According to CMRF, one in 100 children in Ireland are born with a structural heart defect, and one in 19 people in Ireland carry the Cystic Fibrosis gene.
With so many children battling with childhood illness and disease day in day out, hundreds of Irish children will spend Christmas in hospital.
"For lots of children, they get a laugh out of meeting the 'Toy Man' when they are staying in any hospital, especially at Christmas time," said Mr Tubridy.
"It’s important we remember that while most families are enjoying Christmas Day surrounded by loved ones at home, not everyone is so lucky. Some children will be spending the day here, at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin having treatment.
"CMRF are asking people to think about these kids over the next few days and where possible, help make their experience a little bit easier by donating much needed funds to the foundation.”
CMRF Crumlin provides funding for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin who provide critical care for more than 120,000 sick children each year.
It is also the primary funder of the NCRC (National Children’s Research Centre), which invests in vital research into childhood illness and disease, into new treatments and new insights that can change outcomes and care for children.
Lisa-Nicole Dunne, CEO of the CMRF Crumlin, said. “It’s great to have Ryan on board to highlight the urgency of our ‘Toughest Journey’ Christmas appeal. Christmas is a time for sitting by the fire with family and opening crackers, but some of Ireland’s sickest children will be spending Christmas in hospital. CMRF needs urgent funding to help support children and their families when they are facing really tough times.”