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€20m Funding Urgently Needed To Help Ireland’s Sickest Children

Until you are in the unfortunate position of needing urgent, or longterm, medical care for your little one, you never fully appreciate just how important the services provided by our hospitals really are. 

CMRF Crumlin (the fundraising charity for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and the National Children’s Research Centre) is more than 50 years old and in the past 10 years alone has provided over €87 million in funding to help children by supporting vital equipment and technologies, state of the art facilities and wards, accommodation for families and other crucial patient supports. 

And now, in it's most recent report, it is highlighting that a fundraising need of €20 million is needed over the next two years to continue supporting sick children at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and to invest in research for more transformative treatments and cures at the National Children’s Research Centre.

CMRF Crumlin announced that it raised €15 million in funding between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2017 with thanks to public, voluntary and corporate donations. Of the money raised, €8 million was granted by CMRF Crumlin to fund sick children throughout Ireland. 

According to the annual report, CMRF Crumlin has invested €4.3 million in paediatric research at Ireland’s largest dedicated paediatric research centre at Crumlin, the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) – these funds have helped support seven new pioneering projects into childhood illness amongst other ongoing research. The report also highlighted, however, that if funding levels cannot be maintained in the coming years, the life-changing and ground breaking projects under-way at the NCRC will be put in jeopardy, slowing down the pace of change in medical care for children in Ireland and elsewhere.

Where Does The Money Go?

CMRF Crumlin is committed to open, transparent reporting on all activities and highlighted key breakdowns of funding in the period. Of the overall funds raised, 29% funded paediatric research, 25% provides key supports to sick children in Crumlin, 12% is restricted funding for future priorities, 26% is spent to raise more funds and just under 8% was spent on administrative expenses, transparent reporting and good governance.  

How Can You Help?

CMRF Crumlin relies almost entirely on public and voluntary support to change lives for sick children, with 95% of total income from fundraising activities and donations, 3% from earned income on financial investments, rents and 2% from matched or external research grant income via the NCRC.  CMRF Crumlin has provided over €87 million in the past 10 years to help sick children.  Find out more, or support this essential programme for sick children at www.cmrf.org


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