Meath charities receive over €251k in Late Late Show funds

Children's charities in Meath are to receive €251,433 in funding from the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal and the Community Foundation for Ireland which announced that over 1.1 million children and their families will benefit from donations raised during the 2021 Late Late Toy Show Appeal.

In November, an audience of 1.8m viewers helped raise over €6.6m to help change children’s lives for the better. The monies raised will now be used to support the work of registered children’s charities and community groups across the island of Ireland. 154 charities are to receive grants, up from 55 last year.

Meath Springboard Family Support Services, which provides timely and affordable therapies to children suffering adverse effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, will receive €70,000, while Navan Travellers Workshops, which ensures that the essential needs of children and young people from the Traveller community in Meath are supported by culturally appropriate health and wellbeing activities, will receive €65,285.

Ability Equine Assisted Therapy, which will use its funding to subsidise the cost of seasonal therapeutic horse riding camps for children with additional needs, will receive €8,600 and Trim Family Resource Centre, which provides a space for children and young people to come together in a range of creative initiatives, will receive €16,000

Involve CLG, which provides afterschool and homework supports to young people from the travelling community, will receive €48,548, while Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services, which creates a welcome and safe space for children coming into refuge, will receive €43,000.

Speaking about the announcement, Ryan Tubridy, the host of the Late Late Show, said: “The Irish public has simply blown us away with their generosity and kindness of spirit. The donations given will enrich the lives of children across our island who need it most to give them the support, care, and encouragement that they need. We want to offer a huge thank you to every single person who donated. We were truly overwhelmed with the response.”