With his sparkling red sleigh lighting up the night, Santa Claus and Rudolph arrived at the doors of our hospital to an ecstatic crowd on Thursday. The big man joined our amazing ambassador Kathryn Thomas, and two of our special little patients Luke Staunton and Sophia Mulvaney, as they turned on the lights, kicking off the Temple Street festive season in style.
From the early hours of Thursday morning, Tesco volunteers worked behind the scenes, organising goodie bags and gifts for our patients, and refreshments and treats for their families. The excitement was spreading throughout the different wards, as Tesco’s helpers, Batman, Catwoman, and Captain America, made sure the kids knew Santa was on his way!
For a lot of the patients and children here, this is their first Christmas away from home and it can be very scary. This is why spreading Christmas cheer and lifting the moods of these children and their families, is so important to us. Thanks to our nurses and volunteers, the hospital was beautifully decorated, with twinkling fairy lights and Christmas colours adding even more magic to light-up day.
As the crowds gathered outside the doors, most little heads were solely fixed on the sky, hoping they would be the first to catch a glimpse! An Gardai Siochana made sure that Santa didn’t keep the kids waiting, escorting him safely to Temple Street, where he helped to switch on the lights and visited each ward, with treats and surprises for every sick child.
Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of Temple Street Foundation says, “We were thrilled to be joined for our annual light-up event by our guest of honour Kathryn Thomas, who took time out of her busy schedule to pay a special visit to the hospital to support our little patients and their families and help raise plenty of Christmas cheer. Christmas is such a magical time of year for everyone, and we think it’s so important that children and their families in hospital get to experience that magic too.”
She adds, “We are so grateful to our friends in Tesco Ireland and their hard-working elves who brought fun and joy to the patients in our wards on this magical day. On behalf of everyone in Temple Street we would like to thank our supporters, volunteers and friends nationwide for their support this year and wish you a Merry Christmas.”
Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped to make this day so special!