DPD Ireland use Galway depot to deliver charity cards and collect LEGO

Martin Kavanagh(DPD Network member), Maeve Dwyer(DPD Service 
delivery & marketing manager), Jonathan Irwin(CEO of Jack & Jill Childrens Foundation), and Karen Doran (DPD office manager) at DPD, Ladytown Business Park, Naas, Kildare. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

Martin Kavanagh(DPD Network member), Maeve Dwyer(DPD Service delivery & marketing manager), Jonathan Irwin(CEO of Jack & Jill Childrens Foundation), and Karen Doran (DPD office manager) at DPD, Ladytown Business Park, Naas, Kildare. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

DPD Ireland in Galway is now delivering Jack & Jill’s Christmas cards locally for free and is also a drop off point for unwanted Lego which Jack & Jill sells to raise funds for home nursing care hours

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, which has supported 136 children in Galway and 2,000 nationwide with home nursing care, is now taking orders for Christmas cards which are delivered FREE by DPD Ireland’s 38 depots nationwide including the one locally in Ballybane Industrial Estate, which is also a drop off point for unwanted Lego bricks, a big fundraiser for the children’s charity this Christmas. The cards cost €6 per box of 12 and €9 for those wishing to add a personal message and photo and these Christmas cards are also available through the 150 Topaz Re.Stores nationwide.

As families begin their toy audits to clear out the old and make room for the new toys from Santa, Jack & Jill is appealing to people to make cash or Lego donations to the charity which can be turned into home nursing hours for sick children locally and nationally.

Commenting on this wonderful partnership with DPD Ireland Jonathan Irwin CEO and Founder of Jack & Jill said:

“I must acknowledge the generosity and friendship of our wonderful partner DPD Ireland and their staff nationwide and what this means to Jack & Jill in terms of cost saving through this free and fast delivery service to anywhere in Ireland. Christmas cards are our bread and butter of fundraising at Christmas time, as well as cash donations and we want to remind people that every 16 euro raised funds 1 hour of home nursing care for a sick child. We’re expecting an avalanche of Lego bricks through our DPD Ireland network in the run up to Christmas. It has been another tough year in terms of fundraising for Irish charities and we rely now more than ever on the continued generosity of our supporters.”

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation has to raise €3 million every year to fund its unique home nursing care and respite service which is provided to sick children, from birth to four years of age, around the country. Typically, these are sick children who suffer from severe development delay as a result of brain damage, who may not be able to walk or talk, are tube fed, oxygen dependent and in need of around the clock care.

The Jack & Jill service operates 365 days a year, has no waiting list and mobilizes an army of 1,000 nurses and carers around the country and has done so for nearly 20 years. With less than 20 per cent of its budget coming from the HSE, the charity relies on fundraisers like Christmas cards and the Lego Appeal to keep going.

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