Well-known Ballina pharmacist, James Geraghty of Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacies and Health Stores, has presented Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Mayo Roscommon Hospice with a cheque for €15,000.
The proud occasion was a result of a fundraising effort on behalf of James, who took part in the Marathon Des Sable in April in aid of the two charities.
The Marathon Des Sables is a six day, 151 mile (243km) endurance race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco and has been described as the toughest footrace in the World.
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Mayo Roscommon Hospice both received €7,500 each as a result of a mass fundraising effort by the Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacies and Health Stores Group.
James Geraghty has been overwhelmed by the response and support from his customers, associates, colleagues, family and friends.
Commenting on the final fundraising results James said: “I am humbled by everyone’s generosity and support. I wish to thank each individual person who supported me in fundraising for this event.
“We are delighted with the final amount raised and are grateful for every single euro which was contributed to the cause; particularly in the current economic climate we are delighted to have reached this amount.
“The two chosen charities are very close to my own heart. Many of my customers unfortunately have been personally touched by the wonderful work of Mayo Roscommon Hospice and we chose this charity to honour them and their families.
“I chose Temple Street Children’s Hospital as my youngest daughter, Saffron, received extraordinary care there after being diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, Sagittal Synostosis.
“For this reason all money raised for Temple Street will be going to the Craniofacial Unit. I am immensely proud that I have been given this opportunity to contribute such significant funds to help two amazing charitable organisations.”
Pictured above are Molloys Pharmacies MD James Geraghty’s participation in the Sahara’s gruelling six day Des Sables 151 mile Foot Race netted €15,000 to be shared by Temple St Childrens University Hospital and Mayo Roscommon Hospice. James, his wife, Annie, and his proud daughter, Saffron, presented the cheque to Anne Cooney (Temple St Childrens Hospital) and Cynthia Clampett (Mayo Roscommon Hospice). Also included is Sharon Crean Mulvihill, Manager Molloy Pharmacy Store, Bunree, Ballina. Photo: Henry Wills