Watch the moment Temple Street Lights up for Christmas!

main imageSanta Claus arrived by sleigh to Temple Street on Thursday, 8th December to kick off the festive season in our beloved hospital, as adults and children alike celebrated the official switch-on of the Christmas lights.

Temple Street Ambassador Lorraine Keane and little patient Alex Carr switched on the lights, which mark the beginning of this magical season in the hospital. The lights will help keep this special magic alive for sick children who won’t get to go home this Christmas.

To celebrate the occasion, Temple Street was transformed by Tesco Ireland into a wonderland of Christmas cheer, including a Kiddies’ Zone with Santa Sleight Ride Experience and Fun Factory. Tesco’s Magical Christmas Market also opened its doors to bring smiles to the faces of patients and families.

With the help of Tesco colleagues, the children and their parents were invited to taste some sweet treats, have their picture taken in Santa’s Sleigh and soak up the unforgettable festive atmosphere. They were also joined by Tesco colleague Aoife Parle, who wrapped up the day’s festivities by singing ‘Silver Lining’, a very special charity single in aid of Temple Street.

Temple Street was announced as Tesco’s charity partner in 2014, and since then, colleagues and customers all over Ireland have raised an incredible €2.1million to purchase vital medical equipment for the hospital.

Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation says, “We would like to thank Tesco Ireland and their kind staff for transforming our hospital today and bringing so much cheer to our wards. Thanks to their wonderful support, our little patients have had an opportunity to forget about being in hospital for a few hours and enjoy simply being children.”

She adds, “Christmas is such a special time of year for everyone, and it’s so important that families in hospital have the chance to experience the true magic of the season. Having a sick child in Temple Street is a stressful and worrying experience for parents, and we really appreciate the incredible work of our doctors and nurses, who take such excellent care of our little patients over the festive period.”