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Restful Respite

April 8, 2018


I took this photo at a newly opened hospice for children in Leopardstown, Co Dublin. I was there on assignment to record the completed building for the building contractor.

During a tour of the building I came to realise the depth of detail and planning that went into this facility for terminally ill children and their families. 

There was a sense of humanity and empathy evident here and a desire to preserve human dignity in the most challenging of lifes circumstances. The provision of an inviting outdoor atmosphere was a major consideration.

I felt a sense of tranquility in this seated area to the front of the building and I felt it might bring some brief respite to parents of terminally ill children trying to come to terms with their circumstances. 

I could feel a spirituality about this place and I felt a certain privilige to witness the work and planning that gone into this special place.

I was inspired to suggest to a small network group I was a member of in Killiney Castle at that time to have a sponsored walk to generate some funding to this cause. The economy was in deep recession at the time and I felt it would focus us as a group on positive action. The response was amazing and generated a great feel good factor for the members. 

It has become one of my favourite memories of participation in any of the network groups I have been a member of during the last 10 years.

The proceeds were presented to Laura Lynn and went towards equipping their music room.

 
 
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