Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club hosts ‘A Very Special Christmas at Fota House’



Sick children who attend Cork city hospitals are to experience a wonderful Christmas surprise on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th December 2008.

More than 240 vulnerable or sick children will visit Fota House which will be transformed into a magical Christmas setting thanks to Santa, the Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club volunteers and the Kinsale & District Lions Club, with a little help from the Elves!

Santa’s invitation list includes children from Cork University Hospital, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, Cork Deaf Association and Edel House.

“You can’t imagine what an event like this can do for a child who has had a difficult year, due to either illness or circumstances,” says Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club Event Co-ordinator, John Looney. “Our heartfelt thanks go to our main sponsors, the Kinsale & District Lion’s Club who organise major fundraising events for us during the year. All the Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club staff volunteer their time off to make this a really special event and their enthusiasm and commitment to the club never wanes. This is our fifth Christmas event in Cork and we hope it will again be a roaring success and one that the children will treasure for a lifetime.”

December 4th & 5th will see the children being transported in style to Fota House in no less than 14 vintage cars which will include a Rolls Royce belonging to Mr. Michael Flatley, a Hummer, four Mini’s and two stretch Limousines. These very special passengers will be escorted to their destination by local Gardaí and the Cork City Fire Brigade.

On arrival, the ‘red carpet treatment’ will be rolled out with a warm welcome from many characters awaiting them, who will then whisk the children up the drive for a special Christmas surprise.  Inside, they’ll be greeted by Santa himself and his wife, Mrs. Claus; while Santa’s other little helpers, the Elves, will be busy making Christmas toys for all the boys and girls.

A host of characters will keep the children entertained; face painters to snowmen, lions, a lion tamer, and of course Mrs. Claus’ herself and all her helpers. The children will also be provided with delicious eats and treats prepared by club volunteers Brenda McSweeney and Carol Looney.

Adding to the seasonal atmosphere will be Red FM DJs who will provide background music entertainment throughout the two-day event.

The children will then visit Santa and his helpers. A sign-language communicator will enable children who are deaf to join in the fun and communicate with Santa.

Also, a special playroom awaits the children where they can draw, paint and send Christmas cards.

Thanks to the Irish Examiner, each child’s photograph of their visit to Santa will be framed and put under the Christmas tree as a memorable gift of the event.  

Doctors and Nurses will be on hand to join in the fun and provide medical back-up if needed.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Cork University Hospital Children’s Club can do so through Bank of Ireland, Wilton, Cork, Account Number 34653800.


Last updated on: 04 / 12 / 2008