The first Jack & Jill charity shop opened in Newbridge last Wednesday September 4, to help fund nursing care for sick children in Kildare and beyond.
The shop,located on Charlotte Street, is a first for this local based children’s charity, which was set up in 1997 to provide home nursing care to children from birth to 4 years old with severe development delay as a result of brain damage.
These are described as ‘precious children, in every community, who may be tube fed, oxygen dependent, take seizures and are on high medication, with the very practical Jack & Jill home care model giving their family a break to do the normal things that we all take for granted’.
Lots of people helped out for the launch, including local financial guru Eddie Hobbs, a patron of Jack & Jill, who popped in to check out the value to be had, while Pat McNamara from Newbridge Silverware gave up his lunch hour to provide the music.
CEO and Founder of Jack & Jill, Jonathan Irwin who has come back early from sick leave post cancer surgery, was also there for the opening.
“I wouldn’t miss it for the world and I want to thank everyone for making this launch happen for us,” he said. “We might be slightly late into the charity shop game, but you can bet that the Jack & Jill Shop will be a cut above the rest, as shoppers will see from the nearly new high quality jewellery, clothes, books, bags, scarves already donated by the generous people of Kildare. It’s a true saying that ‘charity begins at home’, and we can see that tenet alive and well through the Jack & Jill network and our great friends and supporters nationally and locally. Thank you.”
According to the charity, HSE funding is less than 20% of the required €2.7 million for the service. To donate €4 text “wecare” to 50300.