ICARE

iCare Wishes

Our iCare Wishes initiative was formed in June 2013 whereby members of the public, through a Homecare Independent Living employee, can nominate someone in the community to be granted a wish.

Since 2013, our charity has allocated funds to grant wishes for people in need in our community.

Here are some examples of iCare Wishes being granted:

Donal Parsons is a 7-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastom. When we were approached Donal was undergoing 18 months of aggressive treatment at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

Donal is from Sligo so during the official opening of our Sligo office, which was arranged by Jacqui Cunningham, Mairead Mackle presented Donal's mum Jane with a cheque for £500 for the Donal Parsons Trust.

We want to highlight the Trust to you because Donal, his mum and family so inspiring. For further information visit www.donalparsonstrust.com or you can also find more detail and updates on the Trust's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Good luck to Donal with his treatment from all of the team here at Homecare Independent Living.

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Laura Begley from Dungannon nominated her mum Patricia to receive two cherry blossom trees for her garden as an iCare wishes.

Laura, who has three sisters, wrote a heartfelt nomination describing her mum as "a wonderful woman" and told iCare her mum, who is suffering from cancer, never had a garden until she and her dad Donagh moved from living all their married life on a main street in Dungannon to their current home in Ardbeg.

Laura, 39, who works as a psychiatric care worker, decided to nominate her mum for an iCare Wish so her mum can experience the joy of watching her own trees bloom in season.

She wants to see her mum fight cancer and  live long enough to see her own cherry blossom bloom next year and for many years to come. We  wish Laura and her family well and we are delighted to be able to grant this wish.

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One of our care assistants in Monaghan, Rose O'Reilly, asked us if iCare could make a donation to the 3 Ts Suicide Prevention Charity.

Rose's husband died of bowel cancer eight years ago. Her daughter Regina has since been running to raise money for cancer charities. The 3 Ts Suicide Prevention Charity contacted her to see if she would raise some money for them. Rose asked iCare if it would be possible for a donation to be made. Here is Hilary McClean, the Area Manager for Monaghan, presenting Rose with a cheque for £100.

We would like to thank Rose for highlighting the fantastic fundraising effort Regina is currently doing in memory of her dad.

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Two-year-old Avah McGinty is a bright and bubbly toddler who lives every day with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Avah's granny's friend Vivienne nominated her and her family for an iCare Wish which was a holiday break for the family.

The iCare committee is delighted to be able to book a holiday home for one week in Portstewart where Avah, her three-year-old brother Caleb and mum Emma and dad Darren can have a relaxing week away from their home.

Emma said she and her family are so grateful to iCare and to Vivienne for being able to make this happen.

If you know of someone who you would like to nominate for an iCare Wish, please write in to the iCare Committee.

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These are just some examples of how we make a positive impact in our communities by granting iCare Wishes.