About a month ago I spent the day in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital taking photographs of some of the amazing children who are cared for there.
I met with Sophie, Rachel, Max, Mary, Anthony, Lily, Rosslyn and Aoibhinn. All , as you can see, are really gorgeous, charming children who are treated at the hospital for a range of medical conditions and illnesses.
What struck me about the hospital is what a unique and special place it is. Although it is a world-class medical establishment that saves the lives of thousands of babies and children every year, it’s also so much more than that.
As I witnessed first hand, the hospital is a place of the most incredible scenes of love and care imaginable. It’s a place where parents, when they go through the most awful and traumatic time of their lives are given hope, reassurance, support and basically the knowledge that their most precious possession is in the safest hands possible. Children are cared for in every way imaginable here, and every aspect of their well-being is attended to. There is a school, a magical garden, a wonderful playroom, an awesome multisensory room, a church a multi-faith room, an aquarium and much much more. The staff here don’t just treat the children, they love them too. For their part, the children are brave, charming, funny, inspiring and delightful. Despite going through, pain, sadness, fear and discomfort they see the brighter side of life. They develop unbreakable bonds with the nurses and doctors, the administration staff and everyone else. Every person I encountered who worked in Temple Street seemed like they were genuinely happy to work there: from the restaurant staff to the consultants, the therapists to the security guards. It really is an immensely special place and I was honoured to be able to support them by providing my services to them.
If you would like to support them too you can make a donation on their site or sign up for one of their fundraising events or challenges at www.templestreet.ie