Local pharmacy to hold fundraising day to give back to the community

by Mark O'Brien
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A local pharmacy is hoping their fundraising day will raise much-needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.
Staff at Sheridan’s Pharmacy in Roselawn Shopping Centre say they want to use the day as a way of giving back to the community.
Retail Pharmacy manager Jessica Melia told The Gazette: “What’s really important is that as we are a community pharmacy, we are involved with the local community.”
Some of the locals that use the pharmacy have children who attend services in Our Lady’s Hospital and this has inspired the staff to raise funds.
The fundraising day will take place inside and outside the pharmacy, with a host of events and activities available on the day.
“We’re doing a bake sale, nail painting, makeovers, tan demonstrations, blood pressure monitoring and we’re giving talks on joint support, which is first aid injuries and how to manage them,” said Jessica.
All of the services are provided by experts who are volunteering their time and are available in exchange for donations to the hospital.
Jessica said that Sheridan’s suppliers have fully supported the initiative and have backed it with donations of their own.
“We approached all of our suppliers and they’ve all donated a lot of stock,” said Jessica.
“They will be made into hampers and raffle tickets will be sold.”
There will also be goodie bags available in exchange for donations.
Sheridan’s was opened five years ago by Des Sheridan. Jessica said that Des wants to show his gratitude to the local community by holding events such as the fundraiser.
“He’s very community orientated,” she said.
“This event is not about making money, he genuinely does care.”
The pharmacy also hope to hold events in the future, such as first aid training and hope to get involved with local clubs and organisations by offering their support and expertise.
The fundraising day will take place on July 14.

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