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Discover Limerick DAC lends support to Christmas toy appeal for the Children’s Ark Unit at UHL Discover Limerick DAC lends support to Christmas toy appeal for the Children’s Ark Unit at UHL

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Discover Limerick DAC lends support to Christmas toy appeal for the Children’s Ark Unit at UHL

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Discover Limerick DAC team will erect a large Christmas Giving Tree in the Siege Café located in the grounds of King John’s Castle and are encouraging locals to drop an unwrapped gift into the Giving Tree donation box

Special giving tree at King John’s Castle will be the collection point for donated toys

UHL Childrens Ark therapy dog – Sadie O’Malley from Castleconnell, County Limerick, pictured with Bonnie during the beloved therapy dog’s final rounds at the Children’s Ark paediatric unit in University Hospital Limerick

Discover Limerick DAC will support a Christmas toy appeal for the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

Traditionally the Unit would have received Christmas gifts from the public in the lead up to Christmas every year. However, due to restrictions on access to hospitals, it is not in a position to accept toys delivered directly to the hospital.

In place of this, a special giving tree will be placed in King John’s Castle, in the heart of Limerick City to allow people to donate toys to the Unit.

“Being in hospital during the festive season can be very tough and our team at King John’s Castle were eager to do their bit this festive season to help spread a little Christmas joy to those who need it most.

“Similar to last year, the team will erect a large Christmas Giving Tree in the Siege Café located in the grounds of King John’s Castle and we are encouraging locals and visitors to the Treaty City this festive season to spread a little Christmas cheer and simply drop an unwrapped gift into the Giving Tree donation box,” says Daire Heffernan, General Manager, King John’s Castle, Discover Limerick DAC.

The Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick is a very special place providing a fun and safe place for play for all children in the hospital. The play facilities are designed around the needs of the unit’s patients and their families.

Commenting on the Christmas toy appeal initiative, Kristina Buckley, Play Specialist at the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick said “We are delighted to be collaborating with King John’s Castle and Discover Limerick DAC on this very special Christmas Toy Appeal. All donations will be gratefully received and gifted to our child patients throughout the Christmas season. The remaining toys will be used in the Children’s Ark throughout the year.”

Kristina added: “We are grateful for this thoughtful initiative. The gift of play can lighten the load for many and bring smiles to faces. We cannot receive any toys at UHL; they can be gifted directly to King John’s Castle as part of this initiative.”

Gift donations are welcome at the King John’s Castle Giving Tree commencing November 26th up to close of business on Monday 19th December.

For more information on King John’s Castle go to www.kingjohnscastle.ie

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