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Saturday 21 July 2018

Sylvester's mums set to be 'Running Clowns' for charity

The St Sylvester’s Gaelic4Mothers team who will be participating in the London marathon
The St Sylvester’s Gaelic4Mothers team who will be participating in the London marathon

John Manning

The ladies of St Sylvester's Gaelic4Mothers team stick together and 27 of them, plus one lucky husband are off to London soon to participate in a half marathon starting at the Tower of London all to support one of their number who tragically lost a child and is now running a charity in her late daughter's name.

The women are all running for 'Aoife's Clown Doctors Ireland' which is a charity named after Aine Hendrick's daughter, Aoife who at age five attended Our Lady's Children's Hospital for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lost her short battle with the disease four months after being diagnosed.

In 2014, as part of Aoife's legacy, her parents Aine and Adrian, set up Aoife's Clown Doctors Ireland which provides entertainers who go into the children's wards of Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin twice a week, to bring some fun and smiles to the families there.

Aoife's Clown Doctors help create fun, laughter and creativity on the wards by parodying medical procedures and hospital jargon, helping to ease the fear and stress for children and parents. The charity bring smiles and laughter to so many sick children in Crumlin and hopefully will soon be spreading those smiles in Temple Street Children's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital too.

Aine is a member of St Sylvester's Gaelic4Mothers and here teammates who are travelling to London are supporting her charity and calling themselves Aoife's Running Clowns.

You can contribute to their efforts at https://www.gofundme.com/AoifesRunningClowns

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