Wednesday 26 September 2018

Baby Hugh inspires an oasis of kindness for hospital families


The team from Aer Lingus help get the building and gardens on Belvedere Place ready.
The team from Aer Lingus help get the building and gardens on Belvedere Place ready.

It will be a home play area away from home.

More than 100 volunteers created an urban garden and playground for Temple Street families.

The facility is the inspiration of Ade Stack and Marty Curley who were inspired to help other parents and children after their youngest son Hugh was treated at the hospital.

Sadly baby Hugh, who had a neuro degenerative condition, passed away in August 2013 at just eight months of age.

The inspirational couple from Kinsealy have now gifted to Temple Street the use of a property they own on Belvedere Place and Mountjoy Square for as long as families attending the hospital need them.

Families of kids in Temple Street have already stayed in the six-bedroom house at Belvedere Place.


A team of volunteers from Aer Lingus descended on the site beside the house to make 'Hugh's Garden' come to life yesterday.

It was part of their annual Difference Day, where staff give up their leave to help a good cause.

Marty (48) told the Herald the couple wanted to do something in their son's memory.

"We saw a big need when we were in the hospital for parent accommodation," he said.

Mr Curley pointed out that many parents are not from Dublin. When they needed a place to stay they were often presented with a list of B&B's, or they had a mattress on the floor or a chair to sit on in the hospital.

"They have rooms in the hospital but they are always full because there are long- term sick children, so it is hard to get into them.

"We just decided we would try and provide a limited amount of accommodation for parents of sick children, and that is the essence behind it," he explained.

Ade (43) said their son Hugh spent almost the last six months of his life in Temple Street.

"He got out for six weeks of that six months. But for him Temple Street was home, and he was actually very happy there.

"We were so happy with the way they looked after him," she said. The couple have two other sons Theo (5) and Fred (3).

Volunteers with skills are still needed. Email: hughshouseireland@gmail.com

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