Grovelands Childcare raises over €15,000 for Jack and Jill Foundation

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Over €15,000 raised by 700 children dressing up for Jack and Jill in Grovelands Childcare in Mullingar, Tullamore and Athlone, in memory of Ciara Bushell R.I.P.

The CEO of The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, Carmel Doyle paid a visit to Grovelands Childcare in Athlone on Friday 14th June  to personally  thank the 700 children,  their parents and the 100 childcare professionals who dressed up for Jack and Jill recently, raising a whopping €15,010 for the charity. The Bushell family, who founded Grovelands Childcare 27 years ago in 1992 used this event to commemorate the passing of their daughter, Ciara Bushell 30 years ago in May 1989.

The massive fundraising initiative also included a Monster Raffle with some amazing prizes donated by local businesses in Athlone, Tullamore, Mullingar  further afield and the community effort involved was phenomenal. All this in support of a charity that has provided home nursing hours and respite to 116 precious children throughout Westmeath, Offaly and Roscommon and 2,400 children nationwide.

Thanking the Grovelands Childcare team, Carmel Doyle CEO Jack and Jill says:  “Jack and Jill depends on the generosity and energy of fundraising champions like Regina Bushell as we have over €3.5m to raise every year to keep our home nursing care and respite service going for children from birth to 5 years of age.  These are children with neurodevelopmental delay and very complex conditions who may never walk or talk or go to preschool, but underneath these challenges, these are children who do better at home, where their families want them, for whatever time they have.

This whopping €15,000 will fund 930 hours of home nursing care, allowing parents a short break from the grueling care regime to do the everyday family things like shopping, swimming lessons, football matches or a walk in the park.  The Jack and Jill service is child and family centred, never forgetting the siblings who often need a bit of extra time with Mum and Dad.  I want to thank the Grovelands Childcare team on behalf of all the children under our wing today for this generous donation and for reminding our families that they don’t walk this care journey alone and people in their local communities really do care.”