In the past few days Hand in Hand has sent out invitations to each of Ireland’s TDs and Senators in order to invite them to meet with us on March 5th in Leinster House.

Although each invitation is individual this is, in the main, what went out:

 

The children’s cancer charity Hand in Hand would like to invite you to meet with us for a brief presentation and refreshments in the private dining room, Leinster House on Wednesday March 5th at 11.30 am.

Kindly hosting for us will be Senator Fidelma Healy Eames.

Hand in Hand is the only charity of it’s kind in Ireland specialising in childhood cancer. It has been in existence for seven years, providing both practical and emotional support to families of children with cancer.  Having worked with families and children mainly in eight counties throughout the West and North West (Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Clare, Limerick and Galway) we now feel that it is essential that we expand to all handinhandtwitterareas where we are needed.

Your advice and support in this regard is greatly welcomed.

Please feel reassured that the charity has no political affiliations and believes it is important that TDs and Senators from all political backgrounds are invited.  Certainly, there is not a county in Ireland which does not have a family affected by the trauma of seeing a child diagnosed with this dreadful illness.  Our stories will bear this out.

To that end we very much hope that you will mark us in your diary for the above event.  It promises to be a crucial day for us, for the families that we currently support and for those who will need essential help in the future. 

We look forward to meeting with you.

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And indeed we do look forward to meeting with as many of those who can make it as we are able.

Since we were still stinging and—let’s be honest—hurting from yet another refusal for any kind of funding at all from the National Lottery, it was a big boost to us when Senator Healy Eames decided—completely unprompted by us, it must be said— to host the meeting.  In fact, she herself made all the arrangements, leaving it only to us to issue the invitations.

Keep your fingers crossed that a decent amount of our elected representatives show up on the day.  We have what we believe are some very interesting proposals to put to them. 

We think that you will find them interesting as well; and we will, of course, keep you posted!