Mothercare proudly supports Temple Street University Children's Hospital.
Mothercare has joined forces with Temple Street University Children's Hospital
to work together on a variety of fundraising events and activities,
as well as awareness campaigns that promote safety, health and well-being.
Through various activities initiatives we hope to raise €25,000 for Temple Street University
Children's Hospital. This will roll out in Nationwide stores and online on www.mothercare.ie.
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital was founded in 1872 by the Sisters of Charity to improve and save lives of the babies and children. It has grown to become a world class centre of excellence, caring for over 133,000 sick and injured children from all over Ireland each year. As well as being the busiest Accident and Emergency department in Europe with over 50,000 attendances, it is the National Centre for Cystic Fibrosis, Neurosurgery and Renal and Metabolic Disorders. The world-class team of paediatric specialists adopt a whole family approach, offering support to parents and siblings as well as outstanding care to its young patients.
“It is an honour to offer any type of support to such a worthy organisation as the Temple Street Children’s University Hospital,” comments Laura Ward, Marketing Director Mothercare Ireland. She continues “We have spent quite a bit of time visiting the hospital and meeting the fantastic team, as well as some of the families affected by children’s illness. Unfortunately accidents happen, in and out of the home and children do fall ill. When that happens we want to help. Our aim is to raise €25,000 towards the overall €5 million required to keep the hospital in up to date technology and materials. As well as that, we intend to educate families further on how they can make their homes safer through numerous awareness drives, as well as campaigns for safety outside the home such as the car seat safety campaign that we ran in August.”
Speaking about the launch of the support campaign Denise Fitzgerald, CEO Fundraising Office, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital comments “Having the support of Mothercare’s employees and loyal customers will make a huge difference to the work we do. Together, we have planned an exciting calendar of events, initiatives and in store promotions which we hope people will get behind and support. Every penny raised will go a long way to helping us achieve our target and help us provide the best care possible to the many families who rely on Temple Street each year.”
The ‘drive to save lives’ was the first step in a long term campaign between Mothercare and Temple Street. Miriam O’Callaghan joined Mothercare and the team at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital to support the drive to save lives ahead of the August bank holiday. Both Temple Street and Mothercare wanted to stress that correctly fitted child restraints save lives. Together they also want to raise awareness about Irish law which says quite clearly that all children must use a car seat until they reach 150cm in height or the age of 12. Over the course of the August bank holiday Mothercare ran nationwide free check it fits event were they checked hundreds of car seats.
In July we donated a selection of toys and dress up outfits to the play room at the hospital. It was great to see the little ones dressed up as the doctors and nurses for a change. The staff in the play room are a true inspiration and their care and support is unparalleled.
Saturday 27th October brought Halloween parties to all Mothercare stores. The staff played dress up and there was face painting and storytelling for the kids. Combined with the Trick or Treat for Temple Street pins we raised €5,960 with the Drogheda branch raising the most.
We donated €1 for every Santa body suit and Mrs Claus body suit sold in stores and online. They are so cute and the perfect gift for newborns and babies. We sold Temple Street Children’s University Hospital Christmas cards in all stores and online also.