In howling wind and driving rain, the community of Carlanstown, Co. Meath rallied together to raise funds for Temple Street in memory of little Annalee Lynch.
The annual Santa’s Grotto – held by Annalee’s grandfather Jimmy and aunt Teresa – was almost cancelled after gale winds brought down their marquees at the last minute. Thankfully Teresa’s local football club stepped in to save the day. Within an hour the grotto was moved and the hall decorated.
Text messages flew around the town and the crowds arrived to get involved, raising an impressive €3,000 for Temple Street.
“My community is stronger than any hurricane.””
Annalee died following a tragic accident in 2005, aged just 8-years-old. She jumped from her bed one morning and the cord of her dressing gown became entangled around her neck. Annalee tragically lost her life two weeks later in Temple Street’s ICU.
Teresa and Jimmy have been holding the annual festive event for ten years to keep Annalee’s memory alive and give back to
Temple Street after the great care Annalee received during her time in the hospital. To date they have raised an astonishing €95,000 for the hospital.
Teresa spotted a single butterfly flying around the hall that day says she just knows that it was Annalee looking down on them as they celebrated their 10th fundraiser for Temple Street.