Tina Priestley is a mum of four from Naas in Co. Kildare.
Her youngest son Bobby was born in 2008 with a rare chromosomal disorder and regular hospital visits became part of everyday life for the family. These varied from in-patient, intensive care, A & E and outpatient appointments. During her sons life the family received home respite care from the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.
Following Bobby’s death Tina has been an advocate for the families of sick children and is an active campaigner in the quest to have our National Children’s Hospital built in an accessible sensible greenfield location with room for future expansion. To this end she has written to almost 2000 ‘Jack and Jill’ families outlining her concerns over the proposed St James’ site.
Tina is the parents’ representative on the National Development Committee for Children’s Palliative Care since 2012 and volunteers as a media spokesperson with the Jack and Jill Foundation. She is also a member of the Family Forum for the development of the New National Children’s Hospital.