Up the Hill for Jack & Jill in Clare

Up the Hill for Jack & Jill in Clare

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Irish Rugby player Sophie Spence with Aisling Connolly and Rose Martin at the launch

Jack & Jill supported by Bank of Ireland have launched the Up the Hill for Jack & Jill fundraiser 2017.

The charity fundraiser in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is asking people throughout Ireland to climb a hill to raise money for this worthy cause. 13 events are taking place nationwide on Saturday 7th of October and people can register for €16 on www.jackandjill.ie or can create their own “Up The Hill” event to raise much needed funds.

12 o’ Clock Hills, Co. Clare is the nominated hill for the county and registration is open now to the public to take part on Saturday 7th October at 11am, or register to design their own Up the Hill event locally in the first week of October.

It costs €16 to register for this event which funds 1 hour of home nursing care for a sick child locally. Bank of Ireland is supporting this Up the Hill for Jack & Jill initiative by adding €4 per registration with a value of €16 or more, for the first 12,000 registrations.

12 O’ Clock Hills is just one of 13 nominated hills throughout the country, as people can also register to climb selected hills in counties Donegal, Kildare, Galway, Laois, Kilkenny, Cork, Dublin, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford.

There are currently 8 families in Clare availing of services from the Jack & Jill Foundation and the service is of vital importance to them.  Jack & Jill is hoping to raise over €100,000 through this annual fundraiser and to raise awareness of its unique home nursing care and respite service which operates 365 days a year with no means test or waiting list for the families of children, from birth to 4 years of age, with severe developmental delay as a result of brain damage.  Jack & Jill also provide an end of life support service to all children requiring it in this age category across the country.

Speaking at the launch in Phoenix Park, GAA legend and Jack & Jill board member John O’Leary said: “Our son Tom has been supported by the Jack & Jill Charity for a number of years and the work they do and care they provide is second to none. Fundraisers such as this are crucial to the ongoing success of the charity and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved”.

Audrey Nolan Head of CSR at Bank of Ireland said, “As one of our flagship charity partners we are delighted to be involved with this year’s Up the Hill for Jack & Jill fundraising initiative. The charity does such fantastic work in supporting children and families throughout the country and we are encouraging everyone to get out there and climb a hill to help raise some much needed funds”.

Hugo Jellett, CEO of Jack & Jill said: “Up the Hill for Jack & Jill is all about getting the local community out to show their support for the 300 families under our wing around the country.  We’ve got quite a collection of hills to climb on Saturday 7th October and I want to encourage as many people as possible to step out and support Jack & Jill by registering for one of these fun events, or by creating their own Up the Hill.”

For further information and to register for an event please visit: www.jackandjill.ie.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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