Bosco urges public to donate batteries to children's charity

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, has launched its annual Battery Recycling Campaign with the help of Ireland’s favourite puppet, Bosco.

The charity hopes the drive will be even more successful than last year, which raised €90,000 and saw 25m batteries recycled.

While the campaign is open to everyone,Participating schools will be in with a chance to win a visit from Bosco, who is urging boys and girls across the country to gather up their old batteries and give them to charity.

“I had so much fun last year telling everyone about LauraLynn and how we can all help raise funds by recycling our batteries,” said Bosco.

“I know that all boys and girls in all of the schools around the country are the best at recycling, so I hope they will get all of the grownßups to help them this year too.”

For every waste battery collected, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Ireland will contribute to the children’s charity.

The public are asked to bring their waste batteries to any local shop, business or school with a blue WEEE Ireland battery box.

The money raised by the campaign will go towards LauraLynn@HOME, a programme that provides hands-on care in the home by a team of nurses and health care assistants.

It is currently on trial in Dublin and may be implemented nationwide next year.The current trial project cost €800,000 and has received no HSE funding.

LauraLynn CEO, Sharon Morrow, said the campaign has been incredible so far and makes a huge impact.“We aim to provide the same high standard of hands-on hospice care, regardless of whether the child is cared for in LauraLynn House or in the child’s own home. We simply could not do this without committed supporters like WEEE Ireland”.

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