Last Friday, 25 January, RTÉ’s Late Late Show was a Crumlin Children’s Hospital Special edition where Munster rugby player Billy Holland and his wife Lanlih Holland shared the heartbreaking story of their daughter Emmeline in the hope of raising funds for the Dublin hospital as well as the Cork University Hospital (Children’s wards) and the Ronald McDonald House which helped them through their tough journey as parents to a very sick child.
Emmeline was diagnosed with a heart defect in her earliest days and from then on, the battle began for both Emmeline and her parents. 3 weeks after Emmeline’s birth, the parents were informed that their daughter would live a short life. These news were devastating to the parents but they chose to make the best out of Emmeline’s life while she was still around. Emmeline was full of life despite her sickness but unfortunately passed away just one day short of six-months-old.
Almost a year after their loss, Emmeline’s parents decided to set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the hospitals that they spent 6 months in, fighting for their daughter’s life. They aimed to raise €100 000. Three days after their appearance on the show, they have raised €485 000 and this number is contantly on the rise.
The sincerity of Billy and Lanlih’s testimony touched audiences around the country and made this beautiful fundraiser a reality.
The couple was in awe of the country’s reaction to their story:
“Lanlih and I are truly blown away by the incredible support we have received. The people of this country have shown phenomenal generosity and we cannot thank you enough.
This money will much such a difference and we are so proud that it is all because of our brave Emmeline
Ryan Tubridy, presenter of the Late Late Show also had a word to say about the incredible amount of donations:
“We are overwhelmed by the support and generosity shown by viewers of The Late Late Show last night,”
“As we gathered in the green room after the show last night, we watched in awe as the donations kept coming in, the Irish public’s generosity knows no bounds.”
Billy and Lanlih also had some exciting news to share, as they are expecting Emmeline’s baby brother or sister next month.
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