A CHILDREN'S charity is owed €300,000 by a company which has gone into liquidation.
The Jack And Jill Foundation has been left out of pocket by Folamh Ireland, which recycled old mobile phones on behalf of the charity.
Folamh collected the phones and printer cartridges from schools, providing educational equipment in return.
But the company went into liquidation last October owing Jack And Jill €300,000.
Jonathan Irwin, chief executive and founder of the charity, described it as a blow but "not a killer blow".
He said: "Our home nursing care programme for children with severe disabilities continues as normal and nursing hours will not be cut as a result of this unfortunate event."
Folamh also collected thousands of phones from members of the public at supermarkets and then made a donation for each device to the respite organisation.
Mr Irwin said: "Folamh had been instrumental in supporting Jack And Jill to raise much- needed funds for home nursing care through the recycling of old mobile phones, which accounted for 7pc of the €37m we've raised since 1997 and which successfully delivered €2m worth of classroom equipment nationwide to schools.
"Unfortunately Folamh Ireland's closure has left Jack And Jill owed a substantial amount of money in unpaid mobile phone donations and a large number of schools and clubs awaiting equipment.
"Like the other creditors involved, Jack And Jill is still counting the cost and going through due procedure with the liquidator."
He advised schools and clubs who had given phones to Folamh without any funds being donated to Jack And Jill to contact the liquidator, Michael Kennedy of Irish Insolvency Solutions at Fitzwilliam Place in Dublin 2.
Jack And Jill is in the process of appointing new recycling partners, including Arc Telecom.
People with unwanted mobile phones can donate them by freepost to Jack And Jill Mobile Phones Appeal, Freepost F4968, M50 Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12.