Up the hill for Jack & Jill – Henry Schein Ireland raises money to support in-home care for children
Pat Bolger, Managing Director of Henry Schein Ireland, recently took on a challenge known as “Everesting”. Accompanied by four Naas Cycling Club members, he cycled the height of Mount Everest by summitting Ireland’s Sorrel Hill 35 times in one day to raise awareness and money for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides in-home nursing care and respite support for children up to the age of six, with a range of neurodevelopmental issues including brain injury, genetic diagnosis, and severe cerebral palsy. The organisation offers a child and family centred care service and believes that families should be supported to care for their children in their own homes.
The Specialist Children’s Liaison Nurse (SCLN) will make contact with affected families once a referral has been received. Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation’s service offers the expert support of the SCLN who will advise, help and advocate for the family as well as overseeing the in-home nursing service*.
Pat Bolger urged people to support the initiative: “This provides such an important and worthwhile support for children with additional needs and their families. Sometimes, taking the time to listen can reduce some of the worries that come when caring for a child with neurodevelopmental issues.
“Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is doing this and so much more and I am very grateful to be able to support their great work by raising awareness and some money for their activities.”
Every €18 raised covers one hour of much needed nursing support. The team raised €18,500 for Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation so far. Pat Bolger’s participation in this cycling challenge is part of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate responsibility programme.
Henry Schein Cares stands on five pillars:
• Empowering Team Schein to reach their potential
• Advancing health equity and expanding access to care for underserved communities
• Accelerating environmental sustainability
• Strengthening and diversifying the Henry Schein supply chain
• Maintaining strong ethical governance
Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on four main areas:
1. Wellness, treatment, prevention, and education;
2. Capacity building;
3. Emergency preparedness and disaster response; and
4. Health system strengthening.
The JustGiving fundraising page remains open until mid-September. To donate, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/team/JPC
* Source: Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation