TESCO Ireland has launched Ellie the Elephant teddy bear in support of Temple Street Children’s Health Foundation.
The Ellie the Elephant plush toy is made from 100% recycled materials and will be available for €5 with proceeds donated to Temple Street Children’s Health Foundation.
During the year, Tesco held a contest for kids attending Temple Street to name their 2021 Christmas teddy bear.
This year, Ellie Collins, 5, from Limerick is the winner.
Ellie goes to the children’s hospital once a week and decides to name the bear after herself.
Ellie suffered from kidney failure at birth and required regular dialysis.
Jackie’s mother donated one of her kidneys to Ellie in June and Ellie is now able to participate in activities such as swimming and Irish dancing, something she was unable to do before.
Rosemary Garth, Director of Communications at Tesco Ireland said: “It is an honor to introduce Ellie the Elephant to customers this Christmas.
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“Every year, we are truly inspired by the incredible work of the CHI team at Temple Street, who do amazing work for children 365 days a year.
“We are proud to see the impact generous donations from our customers and colleagues have had on the hospital.
“This year, we ask our customers to continue their support by purchasing Ellie the Elephant at Tesco stores nationwide this holiday season.”
She continued: “We would like to thank our colleagues and clients for their unwavering support in raising funds for Temple Street Children’s Health.
“We also want to send a huge congratulations to Ellie for winning the contest and helping us bring Ellie Elephant to other boys and girls around the country.
“Like her name suggests, she is sure to bring smiles to the young and old this Christmas.”
‘A HOSPITAL NEVER SIT’
Denise Fitzgerald, CEO, Children’s Health said: “Every Christmas our wonderful friends at Tesco Ireland support the sick children at CHI at Temple Street, and they I am so excited and grateful for the wonderful Ellie the Elephant fundraiser during this festive season.
“Tesco has made a huge positive impact on the lives of sick children at CHI at Temple Street. During our seven years of great partnership, Tesco colleagues and customers have raised significant funds to purchase a wide range of essential and lifesaving hospital equipment.
“CHI at Temple Street is a hospital that never sleeps and this Christmas we need your support more than ever – we encourage everyone to get involved, pick up Ellie at your local Tesco store. them and make a real difference to sick children and their families. ”
Tesco has raised 6.5 million euros for the Temple Street Children’s Health Foundation since 2014.
This money has helped the hospital buy more than 330 important equipment for patients including CT Scanner, EEG system, ultrasound machine, patient monitor and respiratory equipment.
There are a number of other ways Irish people can support Temple Street Children’s Health.
Customers shopping on Tesco.ie can add €1 (or more) donations to support sick children at CHI at Temple Street or support the cause by purchasing the Tesco Temple Street Bouquet available in stores.
F&F at Tesco face coverings are available in select stores with all profits going to Children’s Health Foundation Temple Street.
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