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The stars were shining brightly at the Odeon Cinema in Charlestown for the third annual LauraLynn Oscars ceremony this weekend, which premiered eight wonderful short films made by LauraLynn families at an exclusive gala event,  featuring a red carpet and an invite-only audience.

The film stars and their families experienced the full hair and makeup treatment at LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, getting chauffeured to the venue before walking the red carpet, which was complete with screaming fans and press photographers.

Each film received its very own ‘LauraLynn Oscar’, presented on the evening by 2FM radio presenter Tracy Clifford.

The LauraLynn Oscars is a much-loved event in the hospice’s calendar that involves LauraLynn children and their families writing, producing and starring in their very own short films with the generous help of industry professionals and produced by Windmill Lane Studios.

The aim of the event is to foster whole family engagement while therapeutically supporting anticipatory loss within the family and ultimately providing a tangible, post-bereavement legacy for families to cherish.

This year the awards were hosted by Baz Ashmawy, who commented that the amazing evening had surely created with memories that everyone will cherish.

Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Rachel Nolan, Interim CEO of LauraLynn, said: “A core part of our service is creating fun memory-making activities for the children and their families, which is why projects such as this are so vital: they offer the opportunity to set illness aside for a while and to create ever-lasting experiences that are cherished by everyone involved. The films were top-notch, and each was witty, innovative, and touching in turn – it was an event that everyone will remember for some time”.

Pictured is presenter Tracy Clifford with with Natalia Zalewski (Star). Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Of the 3,840 children who have life-limiting conditions in Ireland, an estimated 700 of them will require specialist hospice care. LauraLynn is the only dedicated children’s hospice in the State, providing clinical care, healthcare support, and palliative care services to children with exceptional and life-limiting conditions. It costs €5.2m per year to run the hospice, €4.2m of which must be generated through fundraised income from events and activities.