Jolene McCarthy, Lea Kendellen, Clara Duke, Kate McGarry and Aisling Dardis
Jolene McCarthy, Lea Kendellen, Clara Duke, Kate McGarry and Aisling Dardis

A Blanchardstown woman has decided to spend Mother’s Day not in the comfort of her home, but by helping to raise much-needed funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Big-hearted Jolene McCarthy, who is the proprietor of a hair salon in Blanchardstown village called The Hair Room, located in the newly renovated Deanstown House, has decided along with her staff to spend Mother’s Day at work fundraising for Temple Street Hospital.

She told Dublin Gazette: “On Sunday, March 11 – Mother’s Day – we are doing a fundraiser for Temple street Children’s Hospital called ‘Blow Drys for Temple Street’.

“Normally we don’t open on Sundays, but this Sunday we are opening for blow drys all day, so that everyone can take part in the day. The idea is that when people come in, they pay €20 for their blow dry and every cent will go to the ICU in Temple Street.

“We also have a big raffle with lots of prizes, with around €500 in vouchers. It would be really great to get over €1,000 and at the moment, with the salon full with blow dries, it works out at about €900 raised so far, so hopefully the raffle will bring us over €1,000,” she said.

Jolene chose Temple Street ICU as her chosen charity when she had her baby, Rose (now seven months old).

“I always wanted to collect for a charity and when I opened the salon, I became pregnant. I wanted something local and non-profit and I wanted it to be related to children and I thought that Temple Street fitted the bill perfectly.

“I haven’t had to use the facilities at Temple Street, thank God, but I’d like to think if I ever had to, I at least did something to help,” added Jolene.