Saturday 23 March 2019

Ferns family raise over €9,000 for Jack and Jill Foundation

Jamie Dunbar, holding baby Cathal, Liaison Nurse, Joanne Doyle and Dawn Dunbar holding Conor
Jamie Dunbar, holding baby Cathal, Liaison Nurse, Joanne Doyle and Dawn Dunbar holding Conor

Pádraig Byrne

A Ferns family has provided a major helping hand to a cause that's close to their heart recently as they handed over a cheque for €9,403 to the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation.

The charity provides vital funding and support for families of children who suffer from severe physical and intellectual development delay and they have been providing great help to Dawn and Jamie Dunbar with their youngest son Cathal who was born with congenital CMV 17 months ago.

'Basically, it led to a malformation on his brain,' said mum Dawn. 'The result is that he's not mobile yet and we're probably looking at a diagnosis of cerebral palsy down the line. The Jack & Jill Foundation has been a great help to us in providing relief hours so that I can do things like get out to collect groceries or take a little bit of time with Cathal's brother Conor who's three.'

The Dunbars were so grateful for this helping hand that they were determined to raise some money for the cause and during the summer, Dawn ran the Kildare Thoroughbred Half Marathon collecting sponsorship along the way.

'I set up an Everyday Heroes page and people donated online as well as physically,' she explained. 'I was delighted. I couldn't believe the reaction it got. From the run alone we managed to raise €6,800.'

'Then there were other people who wanted to get involved and donate raffle prizes and that kind of thing, so we also hosted a barbecue in Dunbar's of Ferns which raised another €2,600. We got great support locally and I'd like to thank everyone who sponsored, donated prizes or helped out in any way.'

Similarly, the Jack & Jill Foundation were delighted with the donation, which will now fund 587 home nursing care hours.

'They were very appreciative,' said Dawn. 'We had a call from the CEO Carmel who said that without donations they wouldn't be able to run the charity. I said that without the organisation, we wouldn't be able to run our lives, so it's a great relationship.'

Dawn, Jamie, Conor and Cathal were delighted to hand over the cheque to liaison nurse Joanne Doyle who once again thanked them on behalf of the charity for all their hard work.

Enniscorthy Guardian