Jack and Jill
The Jack & Jill Childrens Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife MaryAnn O’Brien based on their own experience with their son Jack whose short life showed them the ideal way in which little children can be nursed from home. The Foundation provides direct funding, to families of children with brain damage who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care.
The Foundation gives these families the Gift of time, time to do the things that we so often take for granted like shopping, taking their other children to the park, a night’s sleep etc. and doing this with the peace of mind that your child is being well cared for.” Jack & Jill also offers advice and support on caring for the child at home and makes representations on behalf of the families, helping them to work through the red tape and form filling.
The Jack & Jill Foundation knows the isolation and loneliness its families experience and pays particular attention to the needs and emotions of the healthy brothers and sisters who can so easily be overlooked
The Foundation, has helped over 1,200 families since it was set up and has over 300 familes under its wing at present.