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Stars take plunge at Croke Park to help sick children

A host of brave TV stars have become real-life superheroes at Croke Park in support of the LauraLynn Foundation.

TV3's Elaine Crowley, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Martin King and Alan Hughes abseiled down the side of the country's biggest stadium yesterday dressed as various superheroes for Ireland's only children's hospice.

Also joining the TV stars were chef Derry Clarke, Hometown boyband member Dean Gibbons and Spin 103.8's Tracy Clifford.

The event celebrated Children's Hospice Week, organised by LauraLynn, which has so far raised over €90,000 for the charity.

This means that 3,760 more hospice hours can be made available for families across Ireland.

Speaking about her experience to the Herald, Midday presenter Elaine Crowley described the experience as "scary".

"It was the most terrifying thing I've ever done, I'm still shaking.


"To be perfectly honest I'd prefer to run naked along Grafton Street than do that again," she joked.

Describing the work of the charity as "fantastic", Ms Crowley said it was well worth it in light of all the money that was raised.

LauraLynn provides care for children in Ireland living with life-limiting conditions and support for their families.

It receives no direct funding from the Government and all the care and support that is provided is free for families.

The number of young people in Ireland who are currently living with debilitating illnesses stands at nearly 4,000.

This week people are being asked to support the cause and text LAURALYNN to 50300 to donate €4 or log on to https://www.justgiving.com/laura-lynn/