Raising a child with complex needs: ‘LauraLynn allows us to do the ordinary and extraordinary’

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice allows families to take a break from the pressure of raising a child with complex needs, and enjoy the magical moments

Alison and Ger Lane with their son Matthew (7) in Limerick. Photo: Paul McCarthy

Kathy Donaghy

Parenting is challenging at the best of times but when one of your children has a severe disability, nothing in life is taken for granted. This is why Alison Lane — a mother of four — says LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, coming into their lives has been revolutionary.