Charity of the Year
The Tesco Ireland Charity of the Year gives our staff and customers the chance to pool their strengths and support a cause that is close to their hearts.
We are delighted to announce Temple Street Children's University Hospital as our Charity of the Year 2014 - 2016. The partnership will see the money raised by our colleagues, customers and Temple Street supporters over the next two years used specifically to help the children's hospital to purchase life-saving equipment for its little patients.
Each year Temple Street, an acute paediatric hospital, treats over 145,000 children from across the country and operates the busiest A&E department in Europe. Through the Charity of the Year programme, Tesco colleagues and customers can help over 300,000 children from all over Ireland get better and can be real life heroes to children attending the hospital.
Tesco already has a legacy with Temple Street. In 2007 we fundraised nearly €1.5 million for Temple Street, funding the re-build of their neo-natal ward, St Michael's B, which cares for the hospital's tiniest patients. More than 4,000 critically ill babies have been treated there since.
Our Charity of the Year was selected by 10,000 Tesco colleagues, who will volunteer their time over the next two years to host a variety of exciting fundraising events across the country.
To help support Temple Street, our new Charity of the Year, please keep an eye out for fundraising activities in your local store or simply make a donation in one of our branded buckets in store - Every Little Helps
Visit us on Facebook or Twitter to find out more about upcoming fundraising events.
Charity of the Year 2001-2011
We started Charity of the Year in 2001 and, to date, through the generosity and fund raising of Tesco staff, customers and their local communities, Tesco Charity of the Year has raised over €10.5 million for good causes and charities in Ireland.Back to top
Some of the ways Tesco Charity of the Year has helped:
Irish Cancer Society €1.9 million
The most recent Tesco Charity of the Year partnership with the Irish Cancer Society in 2010 and 2011 saw Tesco raise over €1.9 million. The funds raised were used to fund the roll out of the Society’s "Care to Drive" scheme, a volunteer based transport programme for those living with cancer in Ireland, to an additional 12 locations nationwide. Operated by the Irish Cancer Society in partnership with the Social Work Department at St. Vincent’s University Hospital the scheme was initially launched as a pilot volunteer transportation service in June 2008. Carefully selected and trained volunteers collect the patients from their homes and drive them to their appointments and back to their homes following these appointments.
Transport to and from treatment can cause undue stress to cancer patients and their families.
The Care to Drive service, which has had an enormous uptake, can help alleviate some of the
stress associated with travelling to appointments. We truly appreciate all of the great work
that Tesco has put into the Charity of the Year Partnership.
- John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society
Make-a-Wish Foundation Ireland €2 million
The Tesco Charity of the Year partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation in 2008 and 2009 raised €2 million and helped the charity grant hundreds of amazing wishes for children living with life threatening medical conditions in Ireland. Make-A-Wish Ireland will continue to grant wishes for brave children throughout Ireland with the help of Tesco Ireland’s funding.
In keeping with the make a wish theme, Tesco Ireland together with the Make-A-Wish Foundation set a new World Record on Guinness World Records Day 2008, by successful lighting of 26,978 LED tea-light on a purpose built 37ft floor image of Disney character Donald Duck, making it the largest flaming image using LED tea-lights ever recorded at the time.Back to top
Temple Street Childrens University Hospital €1.45 million
Nearly €1.45 million was raised during the 2007 Tesco Ireland Charity of the Year Programme for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, with all funds going towards the redevelopment of the St Michael’s ’B’ Ward at Temple Street Children’s Hospital. This ward cares for neo-natal patients, premature babies, and babies and infants under 18 months. The infants may have long-term debilitating illnesses or need surgery and emergency medical care. Staff across all our Tesco Ireland stores took part in a number of innovative fundraising initiatives on behalf of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
Thanks to the overwhelming support we have been shown by all of the Tesco staff and customers,
our neo-natal ward will be totally re-developed, creating a lasting legacy for the children of Ireland.
- Denise Fitzgerald, CEO, The Fundraising Office, Temple Street Children’s