EVERY day can be an uphill challenge for Jack and Jill families and, this October, the charity is urging people to climb or walk a local hill in solidarity with the 12 Carlow families currently under its care.
The campaign is part of the eighth annual Up the Hill for Jack and Jill fundraising challenge.
This is a significant year for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation as it celebrates 25 years of funding and providing specialist in-home nursing care and respite support for children with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay, up to the age of six.
This includes children who may have a brain injury, cerebral palsy, a genetic diagnosis or other undiagnosed condition. Another key part of the service is end-of-life care at home for all children up to the age of six who require it, irrespective of diagnosis.
The nationwide charity has reached its own summit in 2022 by providing support to 412 children, the highest number in its 25-year history. Jack and Jill has provided support to 50 Carlow families since it was first established. To meet its steep care commitment, the charity is asking people across Carlow to support local families in their community by going Up the Hill for Jack and Jill.
Jack and Jill Liaison nurse manager for Carlow Joanne Doyle said every parent needs a break: “It’s a privilege to be a part of the lives of Jack and Jill families. These are ordinary parents facing the extraordinary care needs of a child with a complex medical condition; a child who may not be able to walk or talk, who may be tube-fed or oxygen-dependent, requiring intensive around-the-clock care at home. But everyone needs a break and that’s where we come in, literally, into the home to give them relief and we are very proud to walk this care journey with them.”
To support the initiative, register for €18 per person at JackandJill.ie, which will support one hour of specialist in-home nursing care for a local Jack and Jill family. Your pack will include a colourful, eco-friendly Up the Hill banner.
After that, choose your local hill to suit your fitness level, grab some family or friends and make it a day out to remember. Jack & Jill encourage people to take a photo with the Up the Hill banner and tag them on social medial with #UptheHill22.