Clare’s Wish Foundation was founded in 2013 and is supported entirely by individuals, businesses and community groups. We are the only Irish charity dedicated to providing wishes exclusively to adults with terminal illnesses.
The foundation is named after the founder’s sister, Clare, who was born with Spina Bifida and who died at the young age of 24. After moving to Ireland in the mid-70s, Clare became a fan of the Irish entertainer, Red Hurley; she collected all his records and decorated her bedroom with his posters. Her one wish was to meet her idol in person. In 1978, that wish came true when Clare and her family met Red following his concert, spending several hours talking and singing with him. Clare never forgot that moment and Red Hurley’s kindness provided an everlasting memory for Clare’s family.
In 2011, the father of Clare’s Wishes founder passed after a courageous five-month battle with pancreatitis; his passing impacted Kevin greatly and changed his outlook on life: he wanted to give back and the idea for Clare’s Wish was born.
Clare’s Wish Foundation was founded in 2013, and is supported entirely by community groups and individuals, as well as by small and large companies.
Clare was the sister of the charities founder and she was born with Spina Bifida. As children they were very close, and he was her constant companion throughout their childhood years.
When the family moved from Workshop, England to Doon, Co. Limerick in 1975, Clare became a fan of the entertainer, Red Hurley. She collected all his records and decorated her bedroom with his posters. Her one wish was to meet Red in person some day.
That wish finally came true at a concert in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary in September 1978. Along with his brother Liam, Red spent several hours talking to and singing with Clare. He finished by singing from his album “Red Hurley with love.” On the back of the album, Red wrote: ”To my darling Clare. With all my love. Thank you for your thoughts and everything..with love. Red Hurley.” (You can see Red’s greeting on our Facebook page.)
Clare’s wish came true that day and she never forgot it. Sadly, on January 27, 1985, Clare passed away, aged just 24.
In June 2011, the father of the Charities founder, also passed away after a five-month courageous battle with pancreatitis. This changed the founders outlook on life, joining several volunteering groups, including the St John’s Ambulance service and a local children’s charity “Share a Dream”. After having spent more than twenty years in the retail trade, he felt a deep desire to help others and decided to do everything in his power to grant the wishes of Adults with a terminal or life-threatening conditions.The only charity in Ireland granting a final wish for Adults. He does so in honour of Clare and in the memory of his father Sean.
Our charity number CHY21072
MAKE MY WISH COME TRUE…LET DARKNESS SLIP AWAY
MAKE MY WISH COME TRUE…LET DARKNESS TURN TO LIGHT
Our Patron – Red Hurley
At the Lime Tree Theatre on the 25th April 2014 on a very special night in which Red raised over €10,000 for Clare’s Wish Foundation, Anounced he was to Be Clare’s Wish Foundation 1st Patron. We are very proud to have one of Irelands greatest entertainers as our Patron. Clare was a huge fan of Red Hurley and when Clare passed away the Founder of Clare’s Wish Foundation continued to follow Red through his career. ” Red has become a true friend of both myself and my new charity and it just fantastic to have Red on board” Kevin.
Gerard is a native of Doon, Co Limerick and has been editorial director at Redemptorist Communications for more than 20 years. He is the editor of Reality magazine and Face up magazine, as well as of newsletters and books on Christian topics. Gerard has a Masters in Communications from Marquette University, USA, and has a life-long interest in and commitment to charitable causes and social justice issues.
Our Founder & Fundraising Executive – Kevin Clancy
With over 25 years of retail, business and marketing experience, Kevin is former director of a small retail chain of motor shops. He was a volunteer with St Johns Ambulance service (O.F.A. and C.F.R. Level), and also Volunteered with a local Children’s charity, Share a Dream. In 2013, Kevin felt the need to help others and set up the Clares Wish Foundation in the memory of his late sister Clare, who had Spina Bifida and passed away aged just 24. Also in the memory of his late father Sean , who passed away with Pancreatitis in 2011, Sean worked with the H.S.E. as an ambulance driver for over 20 years. Clare’s Wish Foundation was launched 12th October 2013 Granting a Wish for Adults . The only charity in Ireland Granting Adults a Wish.
Our Clare’s Wish Foundation team on our Launch night 12/10/2013
Is to grant the wishes of Adults who have life threatening medical conditions to enrich and enhance their quality of life.
A Wish granted provides respite from the normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatments.
We belive a wish can have a lasting impact that involves the whole family and create memories that last a lifetime.
To provide an honest, open and transparent disclosure when fundraising from the public.
To execute with excellence, quality, and the highest level of transparency, ethics, and integrity.
To appoint a fundraising executive to be responsible for compliance with regulation and principles of fundraising.
To provide financial reports consistent with requirements of the charity act 2009.
To apply a feedback and complaints procedure .
To be creative in our goals and encourage freedom to dream, creative and inclusive, so we can respond quickly.
To have serious fun, taking our work seriously but not ourselves.