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Tuesday 24 April 2018

And the Oscars go to ... heroic young Laura Lynn film stars

Baz Ashmawy with stars Claudia Scanlon and Daniel Collins
Baz Ashmawy with stars Claudia Scanlon and Daniel Collins

The red carpet was rolled out at the Odeon Cinema in Charlestown for a screening for a very special cause.

There was huge excitement among the young attendees of the third annual LauraLynn Oscars, which saw the screening of eight short films made by families involved in the charity.

The black-tie event, hosted by Baz Ashmawy and 2fm's Tracy Clifford yesterday, aimed to foster whole-family engagement for a fun-filled day out.

Posed

The two presenters spent time meeting young fans and their relatives.

They also posed for selfies ahead of the invite-only screening at the northside cinema.

LauraLynn is the only dedicated children's hospice in Ireland. It provides clinical care, support and palliative services to children with life-limiting conditions. The hospice was set up by parents Jane and Brendan McKenna back in 2001 after their two daughters Laura (4) and Lynn (15) tragically died from life-limiting conditions, just 20 months apart from each other.

Although the charity receives some Government funding, a vast portion of its financial resources comes from members of the public, so it is constantly fundraising.

In 2011, LauraLynn House was opened by the McKennas as a dedicated, eight-bed children's palliative care unit.

However, the couple have now stepped down from the charity.

The hospice offers free support for children from birth to age 18 from anywhere in Ireland.

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