Comedian and Presenter, PJ Gallagher will embark on a 17km ‘Hill to Hill’ cycle to launch ‘The Jack and Jill Foundation’ #UpTheHill2021 campaign this Friday, October 1.
Live on air, PJ will cycle his own Penny Farthing from the Summit Inn, Howth, to Hill 16 in Croke Park to raise awareness for the campaign and inspire the public to see what they can do to help raise funds this October.
‘The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation’ is a child and family centred care service and believes that families should be supported to care for their children in their own homes.
Speaking his upcoming ‘Hill to Hill’ cycle, Radio Nova Presenter, PJ Gallagher said: “this for me, is a simple and fun challenge to show how easy it can be to raise vital funds for a great charity that does fantastic work.
“If anyone out there can do something similar all these hill challenges can move mountains.”
The #UpTheHill2021 campaign will launch on October 1 to raise awareness and show support for the 396 children across Ireland relying on their home nursing services.
‘The Jack and Jill Foundation’ are asking the public to climb any hill, any day, anywhere by any means.
It can be a little knoll, a mammoth mountain or a leisurely stroll, during the month of October.
Supporters can go on foot, on wheels or horseback with all funds raised allowing local families to care for their sick child in the comfort of their own home.
The White family are among the dozens of Irish families benefiting from these service.
Edel White, mom to Harvey (2) from Ballyfermot, said of the service, “Harvey has many challenges – but he is still an incredibly happy little boy with an infectious smile.
“Our home is always full of music and Harvey’s favourite song is the classic ‘Wheels on the Bus’.
“Our Jack and Jill nurse, Sinead Moran, is absolutely amazing and has been with us now for almost two years.
“She helps to mind Harvey for us, which means I can go for a walk or meet friends.
“Sinead is really lovely and whenever I get worried about Harvey, she is very reassuring all the time.”
Carmel Doyle, CEO of Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, said: “I was delighted to hear that PJ is going Hill to Hill for Jack & Jill, and on a penny farthing no less!
“That’s some uphill challenge.
“This incredible support from PJ and the whole team at Radio Nova will make a real difference to the 396 children under our care across the country today, including 99 children and their families in Dublin.
“I hope PJ’s efforts inspire others to register to do their own Up the Hill climb, in solidarity with our families who face an uphill challenge in caring for their very sick child every day.”
Radio Nova will be putting a link on their website, www.radionova.ie for any listeners who want to donate and there is also a Text donation line set up where donors can text WECARE to 50300 for €4 and Jack & Jill will receive a minimum of €3.60.