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Raising money for vital organisations was a walk in the park

Last weekend’s LauraLynn Half Marathon and 5k in the Phoenix Park marked the first in-person version of the running/walking event in more than years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

LauraLynn is the only children’s hospice in Ireland. It provides palliative care and support for many children suffering from life-limited illnesses. They also provide a variety of support and life changing care for families and children.  

The organisation, based in Leopardstown, prepares and plans many events throughout the year to help raise money so that they can accommodate these children and their needs.  

“Events such as the ‘LauraLynn half marathon’ and ‘Dip in for LauraLynn’, are great ways to raise money. We would also organise balls – however, with Covid that has all changed,” said Cathy White, fundraising executive of the organisation.

Ray D’Arcy is wonderful, he has supported us for years. During lockdown he started Rays Challenge which he is still doing. This ultimately raised over €560,000 which was huge for us.”

– CATHY WHITE, FUNDRAISER FOR LAURALYNN

“We aim to have around 500 or more events every year,” she added.

The Half Marathon and 5K was organised in partnership with RTE personality Ray D’Arcy. 

Ray D’Arcy is wonderful, he has supported us for years. During lockdown he started Rays Challenge which he is still doing. This ultimately raised over €560,000 which was huge for us,” said White.

“He has always been very caring and understands what we do for the children and their families,” said White.  

Ray’s Challenge consists of completing a marathon every week of 2021. All the money raised is going towards  running the organisation, life changing care, community care, bereavement support and events. As well as that it will create more opportunities to provide therapy for children, siblings and their parents.  

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