Five More Years! WEEE Ireland and LauraLynn’s Powerful Partnership Continues
February 16, 2018
WEEE Ireland today announced that they will charge on with their electrifying fundraising partnership with LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. Their renewed commitment for a further 5 years will see them donate vital funds to the organisation as an incentive for the recycling of waste batteries until at least 2022.
Alongside WEEE Ireland CEO, Leo Donovan in announcing the partnership was LauraLynn Head of Fundraising Sarah Meagher, who accepted a donation of €50,000 thanks to the mighty recycling efforts of householders throughout 2017. Last year, WEEE Ireland collected 874 tonnes of waste batteries, surpassing 2017 targets. That’s equivalent to 43,700,000 AA batteries!
Over €330,000 Donated since 2011
The 2017 sum brings WEEE Ireland’s overall donation to LauraLynn to €335,000 since the partnership first began back in 2011, powered year-after-year by the households, businesses and schools across Ireland returning waste batteries – with the help of campaign ambassador Bosco! Over the same period, WEEE Ireland has recycled an incredible 4,209 tonnes of waste batteries.
€50,000 Donated to LauraLynn for 2017 Recycling Efforts
WEEE Ireland’s EU battery recycling target is to recycle 45% of waste batteries placed on the market annually in Ireland. As householders use more and more batteries in small electrical appliances this means every battery recycled in a WEEE Ireland blue battery box is more important than ever before.
This renewed partnership with LauraLynn takes the ability to make a difference beyond the blue box and puts it into the hands of every householder and consumer. WEEE Ireland’s donation to LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, helps them to deliver invaluable hospice care and emotional, social and spiritual support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Celebrating the renewal of the partnership, WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan said, “Everyone at WEEE Ireland is delighted to continue supporting LauraLynn and the vital services and care they provide for families for another five years. We’re confident that powered by the continued support of the people of Ireland, that the years to come will be our most successful yet and WEEE Ireland will continue to play a vital role in helping the State to reach its EU waste battery recycling targets.”
Accepting the €50,000 donation on behalf of LauraLynn was Head of Fundraising Sarah Meagher, who said, ”We are so grateful for the ongoing partnership with WEEE Ireland and the donations we’ve received since 2011. These funds are vital to support our services and care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. More than 330 children, with their parents, brothers, sisters and extended family, have been able to avail of the specialised care and memory-making activities we provide in LauraLynn during this time. This wouldn’t have been possible without corporate partnerships like this one”
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About WEEE Ireland
WEEE Ireland (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a not for profit organisation, founded by Producers of electrical and electronic appliances to help them comply with the legal obligations imposed by the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC and WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU. WEEE Ireland manages the collection of household WEEE, lighting equipment and batteries from authorised collection points for recycling, on behalf of its Producer members. WEEE Ireland’s objective is to provide cost effective compliance for Producers to meet the requirements of the Regulations whilst minimising the cost to the consumer All small electrical waste is recycled at our operator’s state of the art facilities in Ireland, recovering resources for use again in manufacturing. All other waste appliances and batteries collected by WEEE Ireland are prepared for recycling in Ireland with final processing carried out at specialist plants in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. www.weeeireland.ie
WEEE Irelands popular WEEE Pledge campaign provides incentives and resources for schools to get involved in battery recycling www.weeepledge.ie.
LauraLynn, is Ireland’s only children’s hospice. It provides a range of services including, symptom management for children; music and play therapy; psychological support; family and sibling camps; short breaks and end of life care. Care can be availed of in the hospice in Leopardstown, at hospital, in the community, or in the family home, depending on the child and family’s preference
LauraLynn also provides vital bereavement supports to families after they have lost a child.
More than 3,800 children live with life-limiting conditions in Ireland; approximately one in five of these children require hospice care. LauraLynn Children’s Hospice is hugely dependant on the generosity of the public and business community to provide care free of charge to families. In 2018, LauraLynn must generate €4.2million through fundraised income.
Since opening in 2011, LauraLynn has cared for more than 330 children and their families.
For further information please visit www.lauralynn.ie