Nursing home residents sharpen knitting needles to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions


Residents supporting Make-A-Wish Foundation


Nursing home residents are sharpening knitting needles to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.


Nursing Homes Ireland and Make-A-Wish Foundation have teamed up to launch an initiative that will see nursing home residents knit to raise valuable funds to help Make-A-Wish bring hope, strength and joy to eligible children across the country.


Nursing homes have availed of the Knit for Wishes knitting kit to enable them to create a wonderful luxury adult scarf or two children’s scarves. Participating nursing homes will make a donation to Make-A-Wish as the oldest generations provide support to the youngest.


Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO said: “Nursing homes and their residents are very generous in supporting causes within their local community and further beyond. Nursing homes enable residents entrusted in their care to continue to fulfil valuable roles within society and to make contributions towards valuable causes. This initiative promotes wonderful intergenerational support and generosity, with our oldest people in society supporting the youngest generation in the toughest of circumstances.” 


Irene Timmins, Head of Fundraising, Make-A-Wish Ireland said: “At Make-A-Wish we strive to fulfil the wish of every child that is referred to us as they battle life-threatening illnesses. Through the generosity of the public, we can make memories for brave children and their families across Ireland. We are so delighted to partner with Nursing Homes Ireland and we would like to say a special thank you to every member who takes part in this wonderful fundraising initiative. We receive no government funding so partnerships like this make a huge difference to the charity and the families we serve.”


About Make-A-Wish® Ireland

Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish Ireland has granted wishes for over 2,000 children, bringing them hope, strength and joy through the experience of having their greatest wish realised. To continue with its work, Make-A-Wish relies on the generosity of the general public as they receive no government funding. Make-A-Wish is signed up to the Triple Lock for Charities which includes the Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland; SORP, the Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting by Charities; and the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. Charity Registration Number: CHY15267.


About Nursing Homes Ireland

Nursing Homes Ireland is the national representative organisation for the private and voluntary nursing home sector, with 380 Member nursing homes located in communities across Ireland.


Pictures are available from Julien Behal. For further information contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive, at 087 9082970 or 01 4699800.



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