Friends’ big idea brings smiles to children in Limerick hospital

Kris and Orlaith of Let's Fund It with some of the goodie bags donated to the Children's Ark.

ONE of Limerick’s newest charities, Let’s Fund It, has donated 300 goodie bags to the Children’s Ark paediatric unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

The goodie bags were put together by the team of volunteers behind the charity.

The donation is made up of a mixture of sweet treat bags and toy bags which were fully funded by donations to the charity.

Let’s Fund It made a donation last year of 200 goodie bags, however the charity has been able to increase its donation to 300 goodie bags thanks to support from donors throughout the year.

The larger donation of goodie bags will ensure that the Children’s Ark have a gift for every child over the Christmas period.

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“Our donation of goodie bags to the Children’s Ark paediatric unit is very important to everyone at Let’s Fund It and our donors,” said chairman Stephen Ryan-Doyle.

“This donation is our way letting all the children attending the ward and the staff know that we are thinking of them. We hope our small contribution will help spread some Christmas spirit.”

The charity was founded by a group of friends from Limerick. The inspiration for Let’s Fund It came from a desire by these friends to support Irish charities and charity service-users in a practical and transparent way.

In 2019, the group of friends began putting a portion of their monthly income into a bank account and allowing it to build up.

As the funds accumulated, Let’s Fund It would simply reach out to charities to see how they could help. As word of their charitable efforts grew, the group started receiving donations. This encouraged them to apply for charity status and as of May 2021, Let’s Fund It is now a fully registered charity.

The Limerick-based charity has had a busy year which has seen it donate just under €10,000 worth of equipment to Irish charities.

Recently, Let’s Fund It purchased important equipment for fellow Limerick-based charities Rape Crisis Midwest, ADAPT, Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention, Deel Animal Rescue, Novas Ireland, Haven Hub, and Limerick Mental Health Association.

Let’s Fund It is a volunteer-run charity that uses donated funds to purchase goods and services on behalf of Irish charities. The goods and services purchased go directly to benefit the services-users of the charity supported. The charity’s aim is to be fully transparent on how donations are spent and distributed to each charity. Each donation is posted on social media and on the Let’s Fund It website.

Since registration in 2021, the new charity has launched their own website ( and social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Donations can be made and further information found at Let’s Fund It, Toomdeely, Askeaton, County Limerick.