PATRICE Barrett, a Paediatric Pharmacist at University Hospital Limerick, organised a Christmas gift appeal for children living in Direct Provision in the Mid-West.
The campaign, initially organised for children in the new centre in Limerick, amassed an incredible 112 Christmas gifts, so it was decided that the appeal would also benefit children in direct provision in Knockalisheen, Co Clare and Borrisokane, Co Tipperary.
Patrice said: “With the recent opening of a new Direct Provision centre in Limerick city, I thought what a great opportunity for us here at UHL to welcome these residents to our community.
“I was overwhelmed by the generous response from colleagues, which gave us enough Christmas gifts for children in the centres in all three counties. Thanks to my colleagues at UHL, these children and families will hopefully have a brighter Christmas at the end of what has been a difficult year.”
Pictured from left are: Oonagh Furey, CNM1; Eva Fitzgerald, Paediatric Pharmacist; Niall Dalton, Intern; Iryna Olla, Ward Clerk; Patrice Barrett, Paediatric Pharmacist; Dr Siobhan Gallagher, Clinical Director, Maternal & Child Health Directorate; Mary Fennessy, Health Care Assistant; and Bryan Jones, Paediatric Social Worker.