RTE’s Today Show with Maura and Daithi once again took on the mammoth task of treating a group of deserving candidates to head-to-toe makeovers – at the same time and Mahon Point were delighted to be part of it!!
The Today Show celebrates the tireless work of the staff at Cork’s Marymount University Hospital & Hospice which welcomed 15 of its staff to the Cork studios for a day of pampering. In its six seasons, this was to be the second biggest makeover the Today show has undertaken.
Maura Derrane said, “It’s great to give something back to such wonderful people. Every day the selfless staff of Marymount show kindness to the patients and their families when they need it most, the Today show team hope to show them how much their work is appreciated.”
Speaking of the makeover, presenter Daithi O’Se said, “We have great fun with our makeover candidate every Friday anyway, so if you multiply that by 15, you can just imagine the buzz in the studio.”
The deserving 15 – made up of 13 women and two brave men – were treated to a makeover by the Today show’s crack team: Styling by our very own Dee Kelly Morgan from Mahon Point, who sponsored the clothes which each of the fabulous 15 were given to keep as Mahon Points way of saying thank you for all of their hard work!! Make-up was by Powder and Pout cosmetics, and hair was by Pam Morrissey of Sobe Brown Salon. Many of the pieces that were picked for the brilliant staff of Marymount were from, Best Menswears, Zara, Swamp, Stradivarius, Clark, Bershka and many others that can all be found here at Mahon Point Shopping Centre!!
Mahon Point stylist, Dee Kelly Morgan lost her own mother this Christmas under the care of the staff of Marymount. “Helping to make the Marymount staff feel special through the work that I do, has been hugely therapeutic for me, and allowed me to thank them for the work that they do. They are angels on this earth – the kindest people you could meet.”
Makeover candidate Eileen Healy, from Macroom, who works as a Health Care Assistant says that with raising four sons at home, she never bothers with fashion usually, but was on a high after her pampering session. “My own mum died of breast cancer 15 years ago under the care of Marymount, so I always wanted to work there. Getting a whole new look, made me feel like I was in the movie Pretty Woman. What an amazing day.”
Paul O Brien who works on the reception team was one of only two men to take part. “The staff at Marymount are all about fun and happiness, so why wouldn’t I take part? You wouldn’t believe the buzz about the hospice from all our colleagues, to the patients. Everyone is so excited and every television has a note next to it to tune in when it’s on air.”
Marymount Hospice opened in 1870 and is the country’s oldest hospice. It offers respite, intermediate palliative and residential care services, as well as specialist palliative care. Each year, €3million in fundraising and donations is required to keep existing services running.
Viewers can tune in to the RTE Today show today, Friday February 2 from 3.30pm on RTÉ One to see how the deserving makeover candidates get on. You can also catch some behind the scenes footage on RTE Today’s Facebook page. If you missed it live you can re-watch on the RTE Player!