Over €5,300 was raised by Tesco stores across Offaly last Friday, 15th in support of Temple Street’s Great Irish Bake.
By Damian Moran
Between 11am – 6pm, Tesco colleagues and customers baked, bought, ate and sold an abundance of culinary creations to help raise some much-needed dough for the children’s hospital.
All 148 stores countrywide took part to host Ireland’s Largest Bake Sale and together raised over €155,000 in just seven hours. All of the money raised in stores will be used to buy Pump Systems for the wards at Temple Street which make giving fluids and medicine to patients that little bit easier. These pumps will be used by most of the 150,000 little heroes who visit Temple Street every year.
Denise Fitzgerald, CEO of Fundraising for Temple Street: “This year’s Great Irish Bake in Tesco stores was a massive success with an incredible €150,000 raised to benefit our little patients. We were completely blown away by the effort, enthusiasm and creativity of Tesco staff at their cake sales all over the country. The money raised will go directly where it is needed most; to buy essential medical equipment that is needed to keep our patients comfortable and pain free. From our doctors, nurses and from our little patients and their families; we’d like to say thank you to everyone at Tesco for their on-going dedication and commitment to Temple Street.”
Temple Street Children’s Hospital operates the busiest A&E department in Europe. For thousands of children, Temple Street is the only hospital in Ireland where they can be treated and through the charity partnership with Tesco, colleagues and customers can be real life heroes to little patients from all over Ireland. This year’s Great Irish Bake brings Tesco’s fundraising total for Temple Street to over €1.6million since launching in October 2014.