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Clerys Department Store, Dublin were delighted to present a cheque for €25,000 to Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, marking the halfway point of a unique charitable alliance in which Clerys pledged to raise €50,000 for the hospital.

The presentation follows the announcement in autumn 2013 that the iconic Dublin retail store is dedicated to raising a total of €50,000 as part of their commitment to the Temple Street partnership programme which has been developed to assist companies in pro-actively supporting the children’s hospital. 

All monies raised through the efforts of the dedicated team at Clerys will go towards supporting a myriad of long-term capital and research projects being undertaken by Temple Street, including the completion of rebuilding and refurbishment works at the hospital; purchasing vital lifesaving medical equipment used in surgery, treatment and diagnosis; and supporting research into finding better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat serious childhood illnesses.

Speaking about the partnership, Dominic Prendergast, Managing Director of Clerys said, “We are so pleased to present this cheque to Children’s University Hospital Temple Street. The hospital provides invaluable, yet severely under-resourced, support and life-saving services to sick children and their families across the island of Ireland.”

He continued; “Our dedicated staff at Clerys is delighted to support the effort needed to raise funds for such a worthy organisation and we are committed to the continuous implementation of fundraising initiatives to ensure we reach our annual target of €50,000 for Temple Street.”

Anne Cooney, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Children‘s University Hospital Temple Street, spoke of the importance of supporters, such as Clerys, in maintaining a world-class level of care for the families of thousands of sick and injured children who are treated at the Dublin-based paediatric facility annually:

“Like Clerys, Temple Street has grown from small beginnings to become a world-class hospital that cares for over 150,000 sick and injured children each year. We rely on the generous support of companies such as Clerys to continue to maintain the high level of care that we have prided ourselves on for generations and are very grateful to the commitment Clerys have made in achieving this donation amount.”

She continued: “Temple Street and Clerys both hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Ireland. With our long heritage of supporting the families of ill and injured children, we are extremely proud to be joined by Clerys as we continue in our efforts to provide world-class medical care to our little patients and look forward to working with Ireland’s favourite department store in the months and years ahead.”

Clerys first linked with Temple Street Hospital in December 2012 for a Chocolate Clock competition, and continued their fundraising efforts through various in-store activities throughout 2013 including ‘Make Easter Sweet for Temple Street’, charity fundraisers with The Halleluiah Gospel Choir and a Gift Wrapping Service last Christmas in aid of Temple Street.

Clerys also specially commissioned a teddy bear named ‘Stitches’ who remains the stores main driver behind fundraising for Temple Street and will continue to be available in-store throughout 2014.  Currently sporting a ‘Best Mum’ T-Shirt especially for Mother’s Day, Stitches is the perfect gift to mark this year’s occasion.

Gordon Brothers Europe acquired Clerys in September 2012, after the group had fallen into difficulties as a combined result of the global recession and the Irish property crash. Gordon Brothers has been able to take the iconic Dublin department store from strength to strength. Click here to read the full case study of Clerys restructuring.

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Mr Frank Morton, CEO of Gordon Brothers Europe is pictured with Dominic Prendergast, Managing Director of Clerys Department Store in Dublin making a €25,000 cheque presentation to Ms Anne Cooney, Corporate Partnerships Manager at the Children’s Fund for Health Ltd at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.  Clerys is delighted to make the donation, which marks the halfway point of a unique charitable alliance by Clerys with the Temple Street Hospital to raise €50,000 through various initiatives over a year.