We’re delighted to present the official press release for the launch of #UpTheHill2021.
People Urged to Give Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation a Hill Start & Sign Up for our ‘Up the Hill’ Fundraising Challenge this October
- Funds raised go to support 396 families across Ireland -
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is urging people across Ireland to go Up the Hill for Jack & Jill this October and climb a hill in solidarity with the 396 families it supports across Ireland who have an uphill challenge in caring for their very sick child every day. This is the seventh year of the nationwide fundraising challenge which aims to raise funds for Jack & Jill’s specialist home nursing care, respite support and end-of-life care for very sick children up to the age of six.
Notwithstanding the pandemic, in 2020 Jack & Jill funded and delivered over 94,000 hours of home nursing care to 376 families, through a team of hundreds of nurses and carers in communities across the country. This was in addition to the 25,000 hours of hands-on, case management provided by the Jack & Jill core nursing team, which is made of up 15 specialist children’s liaison nurses. In 2020, Jack & Jill also extended the age range of children it supports by a year and that age extension continues today, with children up to six years of age receiving the vital care that they need at home. Because for a Jack & Jill child, there is no care like home care.
With less than 20 per cent of Jack & Jill’s funding coming from Government, it relies hugely on the support of the public for the continued provision of this critical service for so many families. The Up the Hill fundraising challenge is one Jack & Jill’s key flagship fundraising endeavours, and the people of Ireland are being asked to continue their long-standing generosity and to lend their support to its work in whatever way they can this year. The campaign is part of Jack & Jill’s ‘Support Local, Donate Local’ drive, with all money raised supporting local Jack & Jill family homes.
For Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, Up the Hill for Jack & Jill couldn’t come at a better time:
“The past 18 months have been an uphill struggle for everyone and our Up the Hill fundraising challenge is still a steep one. That’s why we’re depending on our circles of family, friends and work colleagues to take this challenge, which is all about community helping community, and to get together to take on their local hill for a good local cause. Jack & Jill had to keep going through Covid, just like the families we support, but we couldn’t do what we do without the support of the public and we are so proud to have extended our age range to six, a move so welcomed by family carers. Best of luck and thank you to everyone who is climbing a hill for Jack & Jill this October, and we look forward to seeing all the photos on social media!”
Five Easy Steps to Climbing that Hill
The Up the Hill for Jack & Jill fundraising challenge couldn’t be simpler, and these five easy steps will get you on the road!
Identify a location for your Up the Hill challenge – it can be in a local park, or it can be a peak on a nearby mountain – whatever hill works for your fitness level and ability. You can climb it, run it, walk it, cycle it – whatever works for you.
Recruit your family members, friends and work colleagues to join you, but remember to stay within public health guidance.
Decide on a date during the month of October that best suits your group and begin the countdown to let the excitement build.
The final frontier – grab your hill and go! Once the day arrives and you’ve conquered your personal Everest, stake your claim for Jack & Jill with your Up the Hill eco-friendly banner and take a picture to proclaim your achievement to the world on social media!
Lots of inspiring steps by you. Together, one giant leap for Jack & Jill.
Keep up to date with Up the Hill for Jack & Jill 2021 on social media and follow: Instagram @jackandjillcf; Twitter @jackandjillcf; Facebook @jackandjillfoundation; and LinkedIn @Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and use #UptheHill2021.