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Limerick’s Let’s Fund It donated 50 hospital care bags to Hand in Hand charity

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Hand in Hand charity donation – Let’s Fund It purchased the 50 bags as well as the contents which includes a handheld fan, travel pillow, toothbrush holder, mini-torch, ear plugs, hot/cold pack, colouring book and colouring pencils.

Let’s Fund It supports Hand in Hand’s Hospital Care Bags

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In 2014, at the age of 10, Labhaoise was diagnosed with cancer. She sadly passed away on January 5, 2021, two weeks after her 17th birthday.

Limerick-based charity Let’s Fund It has completed its largest donation to date in support of childhood cancer charity Hand in Hand.

Let’s Fund It donated equipment and supplies that would fill 50 hospital care bags. These care bags will be distributed to children that are going to hospital to receive treatment. Each bag donated to the Hand in Hand charity contain essential items that will support them throughout their treatment and time in hospital.

The hospital care bags will also provide comfort through play therapy and creativity. Hand in Hand’s accredited play therapists selected specialist toys to be included in the bags. Each bag will focus on the development of the children’s emotional literacy and mental health. The contents of each hospital care bag will vary depending on the child’s age and circumstances.

Let’s Fund It purchased the 50 bags as well as the contents which includes a handheld fan, travel pillow, toothbrush holder, mini-torch, ear plugs, hot/cold pack, colouring book and colouring pencils.

The hospital care bags also received very special support from Labhaoise Fitzgerald. In 2014, at the age of 10, Labhaoise was diagnosed with cancer. She sadly passed away on January 5, 2021, two weeks after her 17th birthday.

Labhaoise’s mother Louise, donated approximately 100 books belonging to her beloved daughter’s collection to Hand in Hand. These books will be given to children receiving support from Hand in Hand and will be included in the hospital care bags donated by Let’s Fund It. It was Labhaoise’s wish that other children would get to read them and share in the joy and happiness that the books brought to her.

The project also received support from several businesses. Kilkenny toy business, McTivities, donated a selection of fun toys to be added to the hospital care bags. Items included Touchable Bubbles, Creebler and Swirly Squish Balls. These toys play an important role in helping the children relax and have fun after treatment. Evergreen Healthfoods donated Ginger Gins Gins candies that will support children that are suffering from car sickness while Little Green donated a range of hypoallergenic shampoos. Finally, Let’s Fund It were grateful for the support received by the staff at Flying Tiger in Limerick.

Let’s Fund It hope that the hospital care bags donated to the Hand in Hand charity will bring both comfort and joy to each child undergoing treatment for cancer. These hospital care bags epitomize the very mission of Let’s Fund It, to support Irish charity service-users in a real and impactful way.

“This was a very special donation for Let’s Fund It. The hospital care bags will hopefully support each child going through treatment in hospital. This is our way of helping them and showing our support for them through this difficult time.” said Stephen Ryan-Doyle of Lets Fund It. 

“We’d like to thank Hand in Hand for their support throughout the process of organising these hospital care bags. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the parents of Labhaoise Fitzgerald and the businesses that contributed to this donation. When we work together we can make better donations together,” added Stephen Ryan-Doyle of Lets Fund It.

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About Let’s Fund It

Let’s Fund It is a volunteer-run charity that uses donated funds to purchase goods and services on behalf of Irish charities. The goods and services purchased go directly to benefit the services-users of the charity supported. The charity’s aim is to be fully transparent on how donations are spent and distributed to each charity. Each donation is posted on social media and on the Let’s Fund It website.

Let’s Fund It was founded by a group of friends from Limerick. The inspiration for the charity came from a desire by these friends to help Irish charities and charity service-users in a practical and transparent way. In 2019, the group of friends began putting a portion of their monthly income into a bank account and allowing it to build up. As the funds accumulated, Let’s Fund It would simply reach out to charities to see how they could help. As word of their charitable efforts grew, the group started receiving donations. This encouraged them to apply for charity status and as of May 2021, Let’s Fund It is now a fully registered charity.

Since registration in 2021, the new charity has launched their own website (www.letsfundit.ie) and social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & LinkedIn. These platforms help Let’s Fund It commit to transparency by allowing them to showcase their donations and outline how funds were spent.

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