Irish people urged to send a hug to loved ones on National Hugging Day in aid of Ronald McDonald House 3 months ago

Irish people urged to send a hug to loved ones on National Hugging Day in aid of Ronald McDonald House

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Ronald McDonald House Charities has launched an appeal for people to send a hug to their loved ones during the lockdown and help keep the charity’s doors open amid the Covid crisis.

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The charity, which provides services to help support families whose children are seriously ill in hospital, is reaching out to the Irish public for help in securing much-needed funds.

They have asked that people buy and send Barróg to their loved ones on National Hugging Day (21 January).

Barróg, the Irish for a hug, has warmed the hearts of many over the last few months and provided a wonderful surprise for family and friends who were apart and missing each other during the crisis.

All proceeds from the purchase of Barróg go directly to supporting the families of sick children staying at The Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House enables families to stay together and be actively involved in their children’s day-to-day life during long-term hospital stays. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the charity's income is down 50% over the last year so help from the public is needed and greatly appreciated.

Calling on everyone to share a big Barróg hug to loved ones, Shane Jennings, former Ireland and Leinster rugby player and RMHC ambassador, said: “Having a sick child in hospital is every family’s nightmare. With current Covid restrictions, it is especially challenging and that is why RMHC needs all the support it can get to stay open and continue to provide its essential service to families from all over Ireland”.

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To send someone special a big Barróg hug, visit www.rmhc.ie. Each Barróg can be purchased for €10, excluding postage and packaging. All proceeds from the purchase of Barróg go directly to supporting the families of sick children staying at The Ronald McDonald House.