As part of the Aviation Ireland Challenge, Paddy and Lucky's travels are all for the purpose of raising money for two wonderful Irish charities.
Paddy's chosen charity is the LauraLynn Children's Hospice and his adventures in 2023 are to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause.
LauraLynn's mission is to provide a Community of Care that delivers evidence-based, personalised services to children with palliative care needs, complex care needs and complex disabilities, while also providing family support services and a home to their residents where quality-of-life is paramount.
LauraLynn is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and residential care for children and young adults with disabilities. They employ approximately 140 staff within there teaching, fundraising and care provision departments.
The history of the hospice has evolved over many years from its beginnings in 1923 as a convalescence home for children from the inner city, to the opening in 2011 of LauraLynn House, a dedicated eight bed children’s palliative care unit.
This award winning healthcare building and it’s everyday operations are funded by the generous support of donors.
On the 3.6 acre site, in addition to LauraLynn House are Hazel House, Holly Oaks and Willow View, which were formerly known collectively as Children’s Sunshine Home.
Within these residential houses they provide care for young people with intellectual disabilities and funding is provided by the HSE. In providing a safe and effective service for the children and young people within there care and are guided by HIQA’s key principles of care.
Read more here: https://www.lauralynn.ie/
Lucky's chosen charity is Dogs Trust Ireland and his adventures in 2023 are to raise awareness and funds for this pawtastic cause.
Dogs Trust arrived in Ireland in 2005 and is Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity. They deliver free workshops to primary schools, secondary schools and in the local community. These workshops educate people on safe behaviour around dogs and responsible dog ownership.
Dogs Trust work closely with local authority pounds and animal welfare charities across the country. They have rehomed over 21,000 dogs and puppies to their Forever Homes.
In 2014, they opened a purpose-built Puppy Wing. This new ‘maternity ward’ allows them to rescue an additional 500 puppies each year, along with their mothers.
All puppies and dogs in the rehoming centre are neutered (or if not already neutered at the time of adoption, they will go home with a €90 voucher to be redeemed against the cost of neutering at a local veterinary practice), microchipped, fully vaccinated and have their temperament assessed before going to their Forever Home.
Dogs Trust also offers a lifetime of training and behavioural support for all dogs and puppies re-homed from the centre.
Dogs Trust does not receive any Government funding towards any life saving work, so none of this would be possible without the continued commitment and generosity of donors and supporters. They simply could not continue their efforts without them.
Read more here: https://www.dogstrust.ie/