Sick children from throughout the mid-west will be given a lift this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of people in the Co Clare.
The Clare FM Toy Appeal will see the Ennis based radio station collect toys from its listeners and donate them to patients at the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).
The Children’s Ark takes care of the sickest children from counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary and comprises 49 beds, a high-dependency unit, cystic fibrosis unit, play department and even a school.
The Clare FM Toy Appeal will afford children in this facility the first opportunity to benefit from such an initiative.
Dr. Roy Philip, Clinical Director for Maternal and Child Health at UHL said: “The last thing any parent wants is for their child to be in hospital at Christmas, but that will be the case. A lovely Christmas feeling will be brought to the hospital through the Toy Appeal and we’re very thankful for that. It will definitely make a difference.”
Clare FM General Manager Ms Susan Murphy said: “This was the brainchild of our music presenters to do something specifically for children this year. I have to credit Stephen McDermott with putting so much energy into getting it off the ground.
There is nothing more heart-rending than Children who have to spend Christmas in hospital. The great thing about this appeal is that children will benefit from the toys well after the Christmas is over. We are honoured to be able to facilitate an appeal of this nature. It’s what local radio is all about,” Ms Murphy added.
Clare FM will be collect new toys between now and Friday, December 19th. Listeners to the popular station are being urged to donate board games, jigsaws and any other games. The only stipulation is that it is new there are no price limits on the toys being offered.
The toys can be dropped into Clare FM reception on Francis Street in Ennis, while the station’s presenters will be happy to collect any donations when they are out and about in the lead-up to Christmas.