(A collection of lullabies in aid of Temple St Children’s University Hospital & Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland.)
The Story so far:
I had always wanted to do something for charity. I have a monthly deduction, I donate from time to time to various organisations, buy flower pins, trolly tokens, etc. but I think everyone has it in them to do at least one big thing. One big thing in a lifetime, to help others less fortunate, whether it’s a cake sale or a sponsored walk, or a head shave or a readathon, we all have a part to play. The problem was, I didn't know what I could do with my skill set, an unqualified banker with a dodgy back.
My mother, May, a school teacher, took a group of students to Zambia with computers and helped build a school, and also raised money for the blind by doing a parachute jump. My sister, Susan, a doctor, has volunteered in third world Hospitals numerous times. Spurred on by such inspirational role models, I had to think of something.
When I heard about the funding cuts for Temple St on the radio in 2011, it really struck a chord with me being a mother of two young children. I even attended Temple St Accident & Emergency myself aged ten for stitches. So I got to thinking, as well as my job in the bank, I sing in a band, so I thought; use my strengths rather than thinking about what I couldn't do. And so the album was born.
I did hours of research, contacting the hospitals fundraising team, licensing authorities, publishers, distributors, retailers, manufacturers etc.
I am extremely fortunate to have some very talented friends, so I got to work on roping them in too. My music partner, Maurice Czerniak, immediately got on board, and being the talented musician and music producer that he is took care of the recording and mastering etc.
Another friend, Sheena Murray (www.fanciesandfrills.com) also lent her graphic design skills for the album cover, and put me in touch with a fabulous illustrator named Peter Donnelly (donnellyillustration.com) who took my idea and made it beautiful, all donating their time and expertise.
It took a long time, but we finally recorded 9 tracks, including an original, the title track, I wrote for my kids. I organised the copyright licence, and agreed with Golden Discs and some other local retailers for them to stock the CD.
We did some fundraising:
played a gig; and did some busking on Grafton St,
to raise some money to go towards the cost. My employer Bank of Ireland, donated €500 through a Scheme called Give Together, which matches funds raised by employees for a charity of their choice.
I ordered the CD’s, which arrived just in time for the launch on 19 Dec2012
and delivered them to
Golden Discs stores,
who very kindly agreed
not to take a margin on it
and uploaded the album to iTunes and other well known online retailers.
Available from 16 April 2013 @ just €8.91
You can also find it onyoutube:
and on facebook:
We are so very grateful for all the support we have received so far from family, friends, and colleagues (Bank of Ireland have also subsequently made another donation of €700 directly to Temple St, in conjunction with this project), and we are well on our way to making our target of €10,00.00 for the hospitals, but we still need people to keep buying the album, so please share this with as many people as possible and lets see just how much we can raise.
We don’t receive a penny from the sales, the production and licensing costs have all been covered and all profits are divided evenly between Temple St Children's University Hospital and Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin.
I am absolutely committed to seeing this project through and achieving if not surpassing the target. My niece Eva, now three, thanks to the efforts of all at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, is a living, breathing testament to the amazing work the staff in these two very special places do, and I will remain forever grateful.