Mayo General Hospital started its Christmas festivities early this week with the arrival of 480 Christmas annuals for the children’s ward. Folens is once again teaming up with Yoobyoo – Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI ) to spread some festive cheer in the lead up to Christmas by donating popular annuals; Súgradh, Siamsa, Sonas and Spraoi, for the children to enjoy.
Yoobyoo – CHI is a voluntary organisation working directly with children in hospitals to help them cope with illness and hospitalisation, and provides ongoing support to families. For more than 40 years Yoobyoo – CHI has been committed to bringing both support and fun to sick children.
Folens is donating more than 12,000 Christmas annuals nationally, worth some €50,000, to children’s wards all across the country with Yoobyoo - CHI. This is the second year in a row that the Irish publisher has made this festive donation.
Mary O’Connor, CEO of Yoobyoo – Children in Hospital Ireland, said: “Our volunteers are dedicated to supporting children during their stay in hospital by providing play and recreational activities every day. Christmas time is a particularly tough time to be sick for any child, and these Christmas annuals supplied by Folens really helped to brighten up the children’s wards last year. We are delighted to work with the Folens team again this year and distribute these annuals across the country.”
Terri Fahy, territory manager at Folens, said: “The children’s ward in Mayo General has the most amazing staff and we are delighted to once again help them to spread some Christmas cheer through our 100 per cent Irish annuals. Christmas is a particularly tough time to be in hospital and if this brightens up a child’s day then that is a wonderful thing.”