We have all heard about the wonderful LauraLynn, a hospice for children with life limiting conditions which also provides family support services and a home to their residents where quality-of-life is paramount.LauraLynn is the only children’s hospice in Ireland and needs constant fund-raising to keep their doors open.
They set a challenge to ’Swim 5K in September for LauraLynn’ which popped up on the timeline of big hearted local lady Aileen Crean O’Brien
Aileen told us, “As I had just returned to swimming in July I thought it is such a deserving cause and knowing that every euro counts that I decided would participate. In one of those lovely coincidences the universe sends us, the day after my LauraLynn swim hat arrived Paul Llewellyn Franklin (also known as spinal fusion guy) pushed his cart into the back yard at Tom Crean’s to have breakfast. He is just amazing and had pushed his cart from Malin to Mizen and, as if that was not enough, is now cycling from Mizen back to Malin to raise funds for LauraLynn and the Simon community. I was a bit nervous about my 5k swim but, as you can imagine, that put everything in perspective and I was truly embarrassed at my meagre effort. Paul has had spinal fusion and explained when he lies down he finds it difficult to get going again and was camping his way around Ireland, dependant on people’s generosity, to complete his mammoth challenge.
Aileen continued, ” I’m not a strong or fast swimmer but love the sea and am confident in the water. I had shoulder surgery in February and with the shock of back to work after months off and 12 hour days my other shoulder started paining too so there was lots of physio! Clearly I wasn’t fit so started swimming parallel to the beach in August to build up my fitness. Whilst swimming I met Deirdre Myles and her lovely daughter Emily in the Kenmare Bay where Deirdre is doing her 5k.”
Talking to The Kenmare News, Deirdre said, “I’ve been teaching swimming since I qualified as a level 2 teacher in 2005 in Clonakility and have been working in the Kenmare Bay Hotel since 2007. My daughter Emily, aged 9, has dypraxia and ADHD which affects her balance and co-ordination. She just loves to swim and enjoys the feeling and the freedom in the water and has no fear of the water whether in the pool or in the sea. The water really relaxes and calms her helping her co-ordination as she takes her strokes. When I saw this challenge, I said to Emily let’s do this together and we are delighted to participate in the 5k LauraLynn swim challenge for September. I have had tendinitis in my right shoulder since I fell on the ice out walking back in January of this year and the pain is bad but I love my swimming so I just plough on with it. LauraLynn are a wonderful organisation providing palliative care and support for children and their families.”
Aileen, Deirdre and Emily realise these are tough times and would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that has donated as every euro counts and no donation is too small.
If you would like to support LauraLynn in this way you can donate in the following ways;