Jack and Jill Foundation
The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Senator MaryAnn O'Brien to provide home nursing care for children up to the age of 4 who are born with or who develop brain damage. They decided to set up Jack & Jill based on their own experience with their son Jack from which evolved the Jack & Jill model of home nursing and respite care that supports 288 families in Ireland today and has helped 1,500 families since 1997.
The service includes home visits, advice, information, funding, lobbying and bereavement support. Jack & Jill requires €2.7 million per annum to operate this service and, with less than 20% coming from the State, the Foundation raises the money it needs through mobile phone recycling, public and corporate donations, nationwide fundraisers and innovative fundraising ideas like the Bid2Share.com website.
Jonathan Irwin CEO of Jack & Jill has said "We are delighted to be one of the associated charities with the bid2share website and urge everyone to clearout their unwanted goods and turn them into much needed funds for the charities involved. It is a great way of helping us to look after the 288 babies nationwide under our wing"
You can read more about the Jack and Jill Childrens' Foundation on their website.