Jack & Jill, as a charity, has one of the toughest jobs in the world - helping the parents of terminally ill children, who would rather that their kids could at least live and die in the security and comfort of their own homes, rather than wired up to machines in an anonymous hospital. It's staggeringly hard to do, and it's good to see the Irish motor industry reaching out to help this hugely under-funded charity.
Well done then to Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles, which has donated a brand new Vito panel van to Jack & Jill. Operating from the organisation's headquarters in Johnstown, Kildare, the new Vito will be put to work transporting items between the Foundation's three charity boutiques in Naas, Newbridge and Arklow and thereby providing much need support for the charity.
Speaking at the handover of the vehicle, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales manager in Ireland, Fergus Conheady said: "The Jack & Jill Foundation is recognised and applauded for the very important work it does in helping sick children and their parents. Mercedes-Benz is proud to support that work by making a new Vito van available to them for their extended use."
Thanking Mercedes-Benz for their support, Jack & Jill Foundation CEO, Mr. Jonathan Irwin said: "We are delighted that an organisation like Mercedes-Benz would recognise the work that we are doing and our new Vito van is invaluable, particularly as we open our third charity boutique in Arklow, with the other two up and running in Naas and Newbridge and more to come before the year is out. On behalf of the 300 children and their families nationwide who rely so much on the service we provide, I want to say a huge thank you to Mercedes-Benz."