The 2013 Christmas raffle prize of a fully-furnished dolls’ house was delivered to the winner; part-time Princess and part-time ballet dancer, five year old Niamh Byrne from Ballycullen is now also an enthusiastic householder and budding interior decorator.
Niamh’s mother bought the winning ticket for her daughter in the hospital before Christmas when visiting her father – Niamh’s grandfather. 1,786 raffle tickets were sold and all of the proceeds will be reserved for the burns unit. Runner-up prizes of two Christmas hampers were won by Lucy McDunphy from Kilcock and Kevin Arundel from Ballsbridge.
St. James’s Hospital Foundation would like to thank all of those whose generosity made this initiative succeed: The Doll Store in Powerscourt Townhouse donated the house and furnishings, James Adam & Sons Auctioneers on St. Stephen’s Green displayed the house in their shop window giving St. James’s Hospital wonderful visibility and also provided a point of sale for tickets, A Rubanesque of the Powerscourt Townhouse dressed the window at Adam’s beautifully, Dalcon Print printed the raffle tickets and Mrs Sandra O’Rourke sourced and provided the Christmas hampers. All of these provided support at no cost to the hospital. We are deeply grateful to all of those who helped us to sell tickets – and, of course, to all of those who bought tickets and supported this raffle.
The National Burns Unit at St. James’s Hospital caters for severely burned patients from all over Ireland. Patients are admitted following house-fires, construction accidents and other traumatic incidents – suffering from burns ranging from 1 – 2% of their entire body skin to 90% and higher. A multi-disciplinary team provides specialist care and aims to raise €500,000 over the next two to three years to provide new equipment and infrastructural changes.