Climbing Croagh Patrick for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital

17 May, 2016
Athlone staff members

Specsavers Athlone’s fundraising activities reached new heights as staff climbed Ireland's holiest mountain; Croagh Patrick with a view to raising much needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Pictured is Specsavers Athlone staff members; Michelle Gavin, Director Keith McCallion, Manager Laura Morris, Optometrist Noreen McDermott and HCA Colin Costello at the peak of Croagh Patrick mountain after taking part in the store’s fundraising activity.

Staff members from the Athlone store showed their support by climbing the staggering scenic 764 metre mountain on the 11 May in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Fundraising success 

Customers were invited to drop into their local store and show their support by getting sponsoring the climbers or making a donation to the charity. The climb was a massive success with the store raising over €1,300 for the worthwhile cause.

Having exceeded the initial €100,000 fundraising target, Specsavers Ireland recently presented Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin with a cheque for €120,000 and announced that it would be extending its commitment to the hospital by pledging to raise an additional €100,000.

Specsavers Athlone Director Keith McCallion said, “We would like to thank the local community for their unwavering support. We were amazed by the level of enthusiasm and the generosity of customers and staff who really got behind the campaign. Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin provides invaluable care to sick children and the money raised is enabling the charity to make a tremendous difference to the lives of families across the country.”

Tony Power sets sights on epic climb

As part of the recently launched ‘Climb for Crumlin’ campaign in Ireland, Specsavers staff member, Tony Power, from the limerick store, will also be embarking on an epic journey to climb Mount Everest Base Camp. With the help of generous donations and sponsors his climb is set to help raise the funds needed for the refurbishment of the new ophthalmology department at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospita. Specsavers staff across the country are also helping by participating in their own in-store fundraising activities in the lead up to the climb to ensure they reach the fundraising target.

For more information or to make a donation visit or text Crumlin to 50300 to donate €4. Additionally, wish Cards can be purchased in all Specsavers stores for €1 and Specsavers will match every €1, with all funds going to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. These wishes will be delivered to the Base Camp of Everest, where they will be buried by monks.

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