Leinster Players Bring Christmas Magic to Crumlin
Leinster players brought the Champions and Pro14 cups on a special Christmas visit today, to the children in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC). CMRF Crumlin raises vital funds for the hospital and said the visit from the Leinster players brought some ‘Christmas magic’ to some of Ireland’s sickest children. Approximately 11,000 children are expected to visit OLCHC over the month of December.
At any one time in Ireland, there are up to 25,000 children who are acutely ill, and who require medical care or treatment due to childhood illness like cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, and intestinal diseases.
Dan Leavy, the newest CMRF Crumlin ambassador, said he was delighted to bring the two cups with his teammates to the children in Our Lady’s – “It was a great day. Seeing the kids’ faces light up when they saw the cups was lovely. The kids are so positive and happy, even though it must be a difficult time for their parents and siblings. The staff at CMRF are amazing with all the fundraising they do for these children and their families, and the doctors, nurses and play specialists all make the experience as nice as possible. All the wards are done up with Christmas decorations. It’s great to see everyone doing whatever it takes to make sure the patients aren’t missing out on their childhood Christmas when they’re in hospital.”
“We are absolutely delighted that the Leinster players came to visit the children today,” Lisa-Nicole Dunne, CEO of CMRF Crumlin, said. “They were so generous with their time helping do #whateverittakes to brighten the days for the children and their families in hospital. 150,000 children walk through the doors of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin every year. At CMRF Crumlin, and working with our partners, donors, supporters and ambassadors, we do whatever it takes to help them.”
Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing, OLCHC, added “We were thrilled to meet some of the Leinster team today. Their visit really helps to give the children a lift and means so much to children, families and staff in the hospital. It brings the children great joy and excitement and really brightens up their day. Although we try to get as many children as we can home for Christmas, around 100 very ill children will spend Christmas Day in the hospital. Having a child with a serious illness puts a lot of strain on families, so we try to ensure that each child who spends Christmas Day in hospital has a special experience.”