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Charity supremo Ade Stack founded Hugh’s House in Dublin to provide free accommodation for families with seriously ill babies in local hospitals. It offers a much-needed sanctuary to parents from outside the capital who need a place to stay while their child is getting medical treatment.

The house was named after Ade’s late son Hugh, who passed away almost seven years ago, after just 247 days. Hugh’s House received the most nominations ever in the history of the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards and Hidden Hearing Marketing Director Dolores Madden had the honour of handing over the Family Hero award to Ade on the day.

Hidden Hearing, Marketing Director, Dolores Madden pictured with Hugh's House Manager, Maria Brennan

Hidden Hearing, Marketing Director, Dolores Madden pictured with Hugh’s House Founder, Ade Stack

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Hugh’s House also won a donation of €2,000 as voted for by those in attendance at the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards.

“I was incredibly honoured and grateful to receive the Family Hero award as well as the very generous donation to Hugh’s House from Hidden Hearing,” says Ade.

“That money will go a long way. Donations are vital for the survival of Hugh’s House as we do not receive any funding at all from the Government. This money will provide a full three months of free accommodation in a large family room for a couple and their children. They can visit their baby in hospital without worrying about the cost of staying in a hotel or B&B”.

Ade points out the huge stress put on parents who must travel long distances while their baby son or daughter is in an intensive care unit.

“People had to sleep on the floor beside their sick children for months on end with no privacy. We saw marriages fall apart due to the pressure.”

Hugh’s House was founded to alleviate the suffering of such parents, says Ade.

“We have 14 rooms in total and we host families with babies in the Rotunda, Coombe, Holles St and Temple St hospitals. We offer a caring and supportive atmosphere where couples can share the ups and downs of their tough journey with other people who understand exactly what they are going through.”

Ade not only volunteers at Hugh’s House, she also runs a successful pharmacy business and is mum to Theo (9), Fred (8) and Jeff (3) with her partner, Marty Curley.

She explains that events such as the Hidden Hearing Awards play a vital role in highlighting the work of small charities such as Hugh’s House.

“We set up the event in 2011 to recognise the hidden heroes in our society and Ade Stack is a true hero for all she has done to provide accommodation for families with very ill babies.

“It was a pleasure to present Hugh’s House with a cheque for €2,000 and we hope the charity continues to go from strength to strength.” Hidden Hearing, Marketing Director, Dolores Madden

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