National Pyjama Day 2014

Thank you very much to those of you who registered for National Pyjama Day 2014 – we were overwhelmed by the response of early childhood providers this year. Registrations increased by 100%,so thank you for your generosity and we hope you had a wonderful National Pyjama Day! So far you have helped to raise €221,000! Thank you also for sending in photos showing us what a great day you had!

A message from Sharon Foley -CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation -

“We are delighted with the amazing support for National Pyjama Day again this year. Record numbers of children wearing their pyjamas to help those who are seriously ill is an incredibly powerful image.

Over the past four years, National Pyjama Day has helped fund five nurses around the country and a national paediatric palliative care consultant.  By taking part, you have supported very sick children and their families all over Ireland. 

I would like to sincerely thank all the childcare staff, the children and their parents for such fantastic support. Every donation is vital as the IHF is funding 85% of the National Paediatric Palliative Care Programme. 

I would encourage services to return their money by Friday, June 20th.  The sooner we receive the proceeds from National Pyjama Day, the sooner we can put your money to good use.  I would like to acknowledge and pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of Early Childhood Ireland in making National Pyjama Day a success over the past 11 years and I wish you continued success in the future.”

To date €212,000 has been lodged to the fund!!! We are issuing certificates for all monies raised so return your donation and we will forward your certificate which you can proudly display in your service. We are still very happy to put your photos on our Facebook page and web site so send them in. Many thanks to you all, keep the donations rolling in and hopefully we will reach our target of €250.000.

If you are still collecting money here are some guidelines to assist you to return monies raised and receive your certificate.Please follow these instructions, ensuring that we have details of your service name, membership number, contact details so that we can thank you for your donation. An email confirming same to or the remittance slip attached will assist us to get your certificate out to you.

PS: if you are returning monies through the post office to be lodged in to ECI PJ Day account in AIB we have been informed that some post office staff are looking for a TRANS number. We have spoken to Staff in AIB who said that this number is not necessary if you use the correct IBAN/SWIFT codes. The TRANS code for AIB is 89.


Thank you all once again, please do keep sending in your photos for our web site and Facebook page, I hope you and all the children enjoyed the day, knowing that the monies raised will certainly help to enhance the lives of children all over Ireland!


Updated: 05/06/2014


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A reminder that all funds from National Pyjama Day go to the Irish Hospice Foundation homecare for children programme.

€209,000 was raised in 2013 for this excellent charity which helps to provide essential funding to support families with terminally ill children with nursing care so that their child can die at home surrounded by family, friends and familiar things.

Thank you all once again, please do  keep sending in your photos for our web site and Facebook page, I hope you and all the children enjoyed the day, knowing that the monies raised will certainly help to enhance the lives of children all over Ireland!


You can now download all PJ Day Resources here:

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 Early Childhood Ireland are delighted to coordinate this national annual event which gives positive visibility to the early childhood care and education sector who continue to support National Pyjama  day at a time when there are increasing stresses in the sector. Last year over 1200 childcare services took part in National Pyjama Day.


 It is great to know that monies raised by National Pyjama Day has helped to fund five regional pyjama day nurses. In order to maintain this service to children and families we hope that you will take part in National Pyjama Day 2014. 

Pyjama Day is a great PR opportunity to shine a positive light on your service. Click to read more >>

For any queries please contact  Fiona O’Hara the Pyjama Day Coordinator on 01 4040658 or you can e-mail

I hope that you will support National Pyjama Day in 2014 and help us to further build on the fantastic fundraising efforts of the past ten years in the knowledge that your generosity will help to ensure that families of children with life-limiting illness will have the opportunity to have their home as the place of care, and ultimately of passing for their child. 

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 Fundraising Video for Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day 2013: 


Message from Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation:

I wanted to come back personally to say that it is a privilege for myself as CEO and for all in the Irish Hospice Foundation to be associated with the Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day. The funds that you have raised for us – over €700k – have been used well and are having an impact.

Thanks to you we have implemented our Hospice Homecare for Children programme and now have Ireland’s first (and only) Consultant Paediatrician with a Special Interest in Paediatric Palliative Care and 8 Outreach nurses working with children – with 5 funded by IHF. We have a wide programme for children facing the end of their lives, which reaches out to families in their own homes.

So I wanted us to find a way to say thank you to all at Early Childhood Ireland and all the staff and parents in crèches and playschools throughout Ireland. We have produced a short video which I hope you will be able to share with them:


Irish Hospice Foundation Early Childhood Ireland Thank You For Pyjama Day! from Angela Mezzetti on Vimeo.