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Beneficiaries / Charities

2015 - LauraLynn

Ireland's Children's Hospice provides end-of-life and respite care for children with life-limiting conditions, and support to their families. Sadly LauraLynn is still the only children's hospice in Ireland. It costs €2.9m each year to run LauraLynn and they receive no funding for their hospice services.

LauraLynn has seen huge developments in their services in the last year, from family and sibling camps to bereavement support groups. Their biggest project, LauraLynn@HOME, launched in June 2014, bringing children's hospice care into the comfort of the family home.

With an additional €800k needed to fund the first year of this pilot program, the support of IPPA's National Portrait Week will be invaluable.

2014 - The ISPCC

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland's oldest and most well-known children's charity.

The support services offered by the ISPCC to children and young adults include Childline, the national 24 hour listening service which received over 700,000 calls in 2013, and community Support & Mentoring programmes where they work with over 1,500 individual children and families throughout Ireland each year.

Their support workers encounter many issues such as emotional and behavioural problems, anxiety, grief, risk of drug and alcohol abuse and early school leaving.

2012 & 2013 - The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation

The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation provides home nursing care for babies & children up to the age of 4 who are born with or develop brain damage.

Since 1997, The Jack & Jill Foundation has supported 1,614 families nationwide, and is currently supporting 271 families nationwide at an annual cost of almost €1.3 million.

2011 & 2010 - The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland

The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI) is a voluntary,
non-profit, charitable organisation. It was set up in 1963 to increase knowledge and awareness of CF and to give advice and support to people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families.

There are currently 22 branches of the Association throughout the country, with approximately 1,500 members nationally.

2009 - Temple Street Children's University Hospital

Temple Street Children's University Hospital provides an acute paediatric service and specialist paediatric healthcare for children from all over Ireland.

2007 - DEBRA Ireland

The 2007 "National Portrait Week" benefited DEBRA Ireland, an organisation that provides support to patients and families affected by the rare genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB); a very distressing and painful disorder which causes the skin layers and internal body linings to separate and blister at the slightest touch.

DEBRA Ireland also funds specific research into effective treatments and a cure for EB.

2006 & 2008 - Angel's Quest

The funds raised on IPPA National Portrait Week 2008 went to Angel's Quest to help every family and carer in Ireland with a special needs child to have their respite care needs met and help their "Angels" to find the care they receive appropriate, enjoyable and comfortable.

Thousands of families who lovingly care for their disabled child at home are living with the, often harsh, realities of meeting their child's special needs: 24 hour vigilance, endless patience, physical endurance and emotional heartache.

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