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Circle K Extends Partnership with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for Another Year with Ambition to Raise €500,000 For Jack and Jill Families

Circle K, Ireland’s leading forecourt and convenience retailer, is proud to announce that it has extended its partnership with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for another year. The now three-year partnership with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation will see at least €500,000 raised for the charity through several fundraising campaigns at participating sites nationwide.

The announcement also marks €370,000 raised to date by Circle K for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. The funds have been raised through various campaigns such as ‘miles for Jack and Jill’ and the brand’s annual Christmas car wash initiative, where €1 from every car wash sale the week before Christmas is donated to the charity.  These campaigns have resulted in the provision of over 20,000 hours of in-home nursing care and respite support to the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation to date.


By extending the partnership, Circle K is demonstrating its commitment to doing all it can to support the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. The vital work that the charity does, enables many families in communities across Ireland to care for their child at home.


The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation is dedicated to delivering in-home nursing, respite support and end-of-life care for children from birth to six years of age who have highly complex and life-limiting medical conditions.


Recently the Jack and Jill’s Children Foundation reached the significant milestone of providing support to 3,000 families since it was set up in 1997. There are currently over 400 children under the care of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation and across the country and the charity’s mission is to empower parents to care for their child at home, because there is no care like home care for a Jack and Jill child.


Commenting on the funds raised, Ciara Foxton, Managing Director at Circle K Ireland said: “We are delighted to announce that we are renewing our partnership with The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for another year. This partnership is incredibly important to us, and we are proud to have raised €370,00 in just two years, providing much-needed support to many families across Ireland.Reaching this crucial fundraising milestone would not have been possible without our customers, colleagues, and dealer partners and I would like to thank them for all their ongoing support. Customers can continue to help us in our fundraising efforts for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation in the months to come by supporting several fundraising initiatives, and we will be announcing more details of those campaigns soon.”


Deirdre Walsh, CEO of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation added: “Our partnership with Circle K is of huge importance and value to Team Jack and Jill, not only in the incredible amount of funds raised to date, but also through the dedicated, passionate and caring Circle K staff who, time and time again, go above and beyond to support us."


"From innovative LEGO Bricks4Care recycling initiatives in-store to Christmas Car Wash fundraisers with Stephanie Roche, to introducing us to new potential corporate partners, to taking on our abseil challenge and volunteering in our warehouse and at Family Day; this dynamic team know the value of a true partnership!It will take approximately €7.5M to fund and provide our vital in-home nursing care service and end-of-life support in 2024, with an estimated €1.7M of our funding coming from the HSE. That’s approximately 22%. "


"We need ongoing supporters to fund our ongoing care commitment of up to six years per child and family. However, this is a real challenge against the backdrop of the current cost of living crisis and increased charity appeals putting huge pressure on our fundraising model.We are thrilled that our friends in Circle K are extending our partnership for another year and want to thank all Circle K Ireland staff and customers for their ongoing support of Jack and Jill families in communities across the country.”


For more information on Circle K’s partnership with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, visit www.circlek.ie, or @circlekireland on Facebook, X, or Instagram.


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