The staff at Nestlé Ireland have renewed their partnership with the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation as their ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2013. At today’s announcement, Jonathan Irwin, CEO, the Jack & Jill Foundation said that the company and its staff have been instrumental in raising a whopping €582,000 for the charity since 2010. Jack & Jill provide intensive nursing care in the home, funding and support to families of children under 4yrs with severe development delay as a result of brain damage who need 24 hour care.
Since the partnership began, Nestle Ireland staff have jumped out of planes, ran marathons, held quiz nights, pushed beds through the Irish countryside and painted themselves blue as Smurfs – raising €132,000 for their efforts. In 2012, they instigated and oversaw the development of a national marketing campaign for the charity with the support of their supplier agencies. The campaign resulted in an additional €450,000 being raised for the charity.
With less than 20% of its €2.7 million annual budget coming from the State, the Jack & Jill Foundation relies heavily on corporate fundraisers like Nestlé Ireland. The €582,000 raised to date will provide 36,000 hours of vital nursing home care for Jack and Jill children.
Jack & Jill nurses give parents time to do normal things other families take for granted; like sleeping, shopping, visiting friends, or taking other children to the park for a cycle – with the peace of mind that their sick child is being well cared for. Jack & Jill currently support 300 Irish families in 26 counties and has provided invaluable help to over 1,600 families since 1997. The nationwide service includes home nursing visits and care, advice and bereavement support, with the Foundation providing funding for up to 64 hours of home nursing care per month at a cost of up to €1,024 per family.