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Little Blue Heros

Gardaí Helping Seriously Ill Children  

Little Blue Heroes Foundation is a not-for-profit charity operated entirely by volunteers (no paid staff) made up of Garda members/staff, retired Garda members, their families, friends and civic minded people from communities. It aims to help families in need from local communities in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness.

The name ‘Little Blue Heroes’ came about when we found that the vast amount of the children we support have a strong fascination with police uniform, equipment, vehicles, Garda units, etc.. This has even led some of the children to make a wish to become an Honorary Garda and become part of the Garda family. As heroes to all who meet them with the battles they face, these children have become our Little Blue Heroes.

Little Blue Heroes Foundation only considers applications for assistance for families with children (a child as being defined under the Child Care Act 1991) with life-threatening and life-limiting condition(s) that comes under one of the four categorisation set out below. They provide financial aid to support the Little Blue Heroes subject to available funding.

Previously a group of supporters working in the whiskey industry have run a number of raffles on GoFundMe called the Little Blue Heroes Whiskey Draw. While the last raffle took place on Sunday, the organisers plan to continue this and the page is still open to accept donations.

Application for support must meet beneficiary criteria.

Beneficiary Criteria

 Category 1

Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail. Where access to palliative care services may be necessary when treatment fails or during an acute crisis, irrespective of the duration of that threat to life. On reaching long term remission or following successful curative treatment there is no longer a need for palliative care services. Examples: cancer, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidney.

 Category 2

Conditions were premature death is inevitable, where there may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life and allowing participation in normal activities. Examples: cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

 Category 3

Progressive conditions without curative treatment options, where treatment is exclusively palliative and may commonly extend over many years. Examples: Batten disease, mucopolysaccharidoses.

 Category 4

Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death. Examples: severe cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as following brain or spinal cord injury, complex health care needs and a high risk of an unpredictable life-threatening event or episode.

More information can be found here at https://www.littleblueheroes.org/

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