Tesco Ireland raised €130,000 through festive fundraising in six weeks for Temple Street Children's Hospital in 2016.
The funds raised will finance a new Echocardiogram (Echo) machine for the Cardiology Department at Temple Street. This specialised machine is used to take ultrasounds to detect issues in the structure of the heart and costs €125,460.
Staff at 148 nationwide stores collectively generated the finance for the Children's hospital, through the sales of in excess of 30,000 'Reindeer Food' sachets, 16,000 pre-packed Christmas sandwiches, as well as sales of a festive bouquet.
Emma Barrett, Temple Street Foundation said: “On behalf of all the patients and staff of Temple Street I want to thank Tesco colleagues and customers for their amazing generosity this festive season. Raising over €130,000 within a few weeks is an amazing achievement. This brand new Echo machine will make a huge difference to our little heroes in Temple Street.”
Allied to this, a single recorded by Tesco staff member Aoife Parle titled ‘Silver Lining’ CD single reached number 5 in the Irish charts which also added to the money raised.
In 2015 alone, 1,534 children required an Echo assessment in Temple Street.
© 2017 - Checkout Magazine by Donna Ahern