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  • Southside

Dermot cuts the ribbon on new family rooms at LauraLynn

Thursday, 13th February, 2020 6:00pm
Dermot cuts the ribbon on  new family rooms at LauraLynn

Dermot is pictured with Niamh Ryan and her son Liam at LauraLynn.

Dermot cuts the ribbon on  new family rooms at LauraLynn

Dermot is pictured with Niamh Ryan and her son Liam at LauraLynn.

CELEBRITY architect and TV star, Dermot Bannon, has officially opened newly refurbished family accommodation at LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice.

Dermot visited the Southside charity during the week to cut the red tape on the new rooms at Ireland’s only children’s hospice.

LauraLynn has four family bedrooms alongside a living space and kitchen area allowing entire families to book in for short stays at the hospice.

These short stays allow the child using the service, their parents and any siblings they may have to enjoy quality time together making memories as a family.

Parents can enjoy just being mums and dads with the medical needs of their child fully taken care of.

This specialised family accommodation was in need of some improvements, as it was over eight-years-old and felt a little outdated.

However, with no dedicated State funding a renovation project was not something that seemed possible. This year alone over €4.6m of LauraLynn’s annual running costs will need to be met via fundraised income.

Then, in May 2019, Chris Mackin, one of the owners of Malmac Construction, dropped in to say that he would love to help out if there was any building work he could assist with and the project was born.

Belinda Rohan, owner of Belinda Rohan Interiors came on board offering her services free of charge working alongside Malmac Construction.

The entire renovation project had no cost to the charity.

Liam Ryan is an 11-year-old boy who has been coming to LauraLynn for four years now. Liam’s mum Niamh said: “LauraLynn is like home away from home for us.

“It's a lovely place for our family to come knowing that Liam is being minded and loved and is safe and happy.

“We get to just be Mam, Dad and brother as all of Liam's medical and care needs are looked after by the lovely staff.

“But LauraLynn is so much more than that. We all feel minded as the fantastic staff think of our whole family and this project has created such beautiful relaxing spaces for all of us to rest and feel so refreshed after our stay.”

Speaking at the official opening of the newly refurbished family accommodation, Dermot said: “I was honoured to be asked to open the newly refurbished bedrooms and gathering space for parents and families of children who stay with LauraLynn.

“The days of respite that the families get are a lifeline and precious to them. The new rooms that have been created by the donated time of Belinda and Malmac the builders are really beautiful and wrap a blanket of care around the families for their stay.”

LauraLynn provides a range of services including symptom management for children; music and play therapy;  and psychological support. 

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