Our Corporate Information

The Children’s Sunshine Home operating as LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice is a voluntary charitable organisation which is  governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a professional management team.

Charity No: CHY 21947

Charity Registered No: 20154844

Registered Office: Leopardstown Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

Our Codes of Practice

  1. The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.
  2. The Charities Act 2009.
  3. CII Statement of Guiding Principles for Charitable Fundraising.

Our Trustees

Our Service has four Trustees appointed by the Board who have responsibility for the land and facilities developed for and utilised by the Service as well as ensuring that donations and gifts to the service are used for the purposes for which they are intended. The Trustees ensure that the charity complies with Charity Law and the Charity Commission requirements.Our Trustees comprise of:

  • Niall McHugh (Chair)
  • Frances Fletcher
  • Tony McPoland
  • Nicholas Quigley

Our Board Sub-Committees

The Board of Directors has appointed sub-committees to address and deliver key aspects of its work. Each Board Sub-Committee is chaired by a member of the Board. Membership of sub-committees are appointed by the Board and terms of reference are agreed by the Board.

The role of the Finance & Operations Committee is to assist the Board in its oversight of finance and operations, ensuring that the organisation is meeting its targets as identified and as determined by the Board. At least one member of the Committee will have accounting or related financial experience.

The Committee is responsible for developing the overall plans and budgets for the various operational entities that are represented on the Committee. It also holds to account support service budget-holders for the delivery and outcomes of their plans and budgets. The Committee tracks those projects delegated to it by the Board of Directors.

The role of the Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee is to monitor and review the structure, size and composition of the Board. It leads to a process for all Board and senior executive appointments (Senior Executive, Non-Executive Directors and Chair) and make recommendations to the Board for approval. The Committee keeps the skill mix of the Board under review and is responsible for ensuring the governance of the organisation is robust and in compliance with the Governance Code and HSE requirements.

The purpose of the Quality, Risk and Safety Committee is to provide scrutiny and challenge with regard to all aspects of quality, risk management and health and safety, throughout both the Disability and Palliative Care Services including infection control, clinical governance and clinical audit, in order to provide assurance and make appropriate reports or recommendations to the Board. The Committee strives to embed high standards of service and ultimately to ensure continuous quality improvement in all aspects of service provision.

The Research Ethics Committee is responsible in ensuring that research is conducted according to best practice, maintains ethical standards and preserves the rights of all subjects. The Committee provides reassurance to the Board, public and outside bodies that standards are in place for all research ethics projects.

The Financial Audit Committee has a remit to assist the Board in discharging its responsibility in ensuring the organisation adopts, maintains and applies appropriate and accurate accounting and financial reporting processes and procedures. The sub-Committee facilitates an independent audit process and addresses issues arising. It ensures LauraLynn maintains effective risk management processes relating to the organisations’s management of financial risks, prevention of corruption and waste and the system of internal control.