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Thursday 29 September 2016

TV3 stars to abseil down Croke Park in aid of LauraLynn

Alan Hughes, Elaine Crowley and Martin King will be abseiling down the side of Croke Park on May 14 in aid of LauraLynn, Ireland's only Children's Hospice

Leo Richardson (5), Joe Richardson (4) and TV3 hosts Alan Hughes and Elaine Crowley get into superhero mode for charity.
Leo Richardson (5), Joe Richardson (4) and TV3 hosts Alan Hughes and Elaine Crowley get into superhero mode for charity.
Pictured Joe Richardson aged 4 (Superman) and Elaine Crowley (SuperGirl).

Tv3 stars will be abseiling down Croke Park next month to raise funds for LauraLynn Hospice.

Alan Hughes and Elaine Crowley yesterday dressed up as superheroes to announce TV3's support for Children's Hospice Week and LauraLynn, Ireland's only Children's Hospice.

"LauraLynn is an amazing charity and I have a sister who died in a hospice. They do incredible work, especially when it comes to children," Alan told the Herald.

Alan, along with Elaine and Martin King, will be abseiling down the side of Croke Park on May 14 and Alan says he's looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm hoping to bring the Ireland AM crew down with me and we'll be doing it live on air so if anything goes wrong, it'll be going out on live TV," he said, laughing.

"If it's a sunny day like yesterday it will be an amazing experience."

While she's busy supporting LauraLynn, Elaine, who presents and produces Midday, revealed she is turning her attention to film.

"I'm writing a screenplay at the moment and I recently did a play for the Barnardos Under My Bed event," she said.

"That was my first time on stage in quite a while, but acting is my first love so I'm looking at getting back into it eventually.

"I like writing, it's all very new but it's what I love," she continued.

"I started the screenplay originally 17 years ago in college and didn't get back to it until recently. I'm a bit bored, but I like new challenges.

"I think I've gone as far in TV as I can because when you present and produce your own show that's pretty much it.

"So I'm looking at other avenues, and life's too short not to give everything a bash," she added.

suffers

Last year, the 37-year-old opened up about her battle with depression and says everyone should be open about mental health issues.

"Mental health is something everybody needs to talk about and everyone suffers in some shape or form," she said.

"We need to talk about it more. People my age have swept it under the carpet.

"I'm over it now thankfully but there's still more work to be done in this country to get rid of the stigma," she added.

Children's Hospice Week will take place from May 11-15 and TV3 will be bringing out the superhero in all its flagship shows.

On everything from Ireland AM through to Xpose, they will be meeting some real-life heroes: from Leinster players to super children who fight the good fight every day.

Those who wish to help can text LAURALYNN to 50300 to donate €4

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