Discover Limerick DAC lends support to Christmas Toy Appeal for the Children’s Ark Unit at UHL

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Discover Limerick DAC are supporting a Christmas toy appeal for the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL). A special giving tree will be placed in King John’s Castle in the heart of Limerick City to allow people to donate toys to the Children’s Unit.

Being in hospital during the festive season can be very tough and our team at King John’s Castle are eager to do their bit this festive season to help spread a little Christmas joy to those who need it most. 

Daire Heffernan, General Manager, King John’s Castle, Discover Limerick DAC said: 

 “Now in its third year, we are hoping to grow on the number of donations received in previous years. A large Christmas Giving Tree will be erected in the Siege Café located in the grounds of King John’s Castle and we are encouraging locals and visitors to the Treaty City this festive season to spread a little Christmas cheer and simply drop an unwrapped gift into the Giving Tree donation box.”  

The Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick is a very special place providing a fun and safe place for play for all children in the hospital. The play facilities are designed around the needs of the unit’s patients and their families. 

Commenting on the Christmas toy appeal initiative, Kristina Buckley, Play Specialist at the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick said:

"We are delighted to be collaborating with King John’s Castle and Discover Limerick DAC again this year.  This is a very special Christmas toy appeal and all donations will be gratefully received and gifted to our child patients throughout the Christmas season. The remaining toys will be used in the Children’s Ark throughout the year”.

Kristina added:

“We are grateful for this thoughtful initiative. The gift of play can lighten the load for many and bring smiles to faces.  Anyone wishing to donate can gift directly to King John’s Castle as part of this initiative.”

Gift donations are welcome at the King John’s Castle Giving Tree commencing Sunday November 26th up to close of business on Monday 18th December 2023.   

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