The Paul Stafford Foundation Charity Lunch in aid of Teenline

The Paul Stafford Foundation Lunch took place at Sophie’s Restaurant at the Dean Hotel last week. The popular restaurant was packed to capacity for this now annual charity lunch. The Paul Stafford Foundation was established in 2007 to raise awareness and address the serious issue of suicide in Ireland. This year’s lunch was in aid of Teenline, with a mighty sum of just under €14,000 being raised for this most deserved cause. The highly anticipated luncheon has been a sell out for weeks and the room was filled to capacity with Kathryn Thomas looking her usual stunning & toned self as she hosted the lunch. It’s been a fantastic year for Kathryn who has seen her launch her boot-camps, and one lucky lady in the room won a much coveted place on her camps for 2016!! Pure Results have found a new home in the Dromore Estate in stunning Kerry.

Stylist Ingrid Hoey who is the go to woman for style – did a mini work shop with the jewellery brand that is wowing Dublin ladies at the moment LA jewellery brand Melinda Maria, who herself will be on Irish shores in the coming weeks. The ladies were further more in for a treat with a stunning looks from Design Centre. Always one to do things a little different Ashling & her team put on an incredible show of key looks for the festive season. Labels represented included Philip Treacy, Caroline Kilkenny, Catriona Hanly, Black Halo, Tricotine, Roisin Linnane, Jill De Burca, Synan O’ Mahony and Rebecca Kenny, and with many of these designers creating one off pieces perfect for those who love something unique & exclusive to Design Centre, it’s safe to say the ladies were in for a treat.

Event Organiser Joanne Rochford commented “We are in our 9th year of fundraising for mental health causes, each year the support we receive is fantastic. We will be 10 years next year, while time has flown, unfortunately the mental health situation in Ireland hasn’t improved, so that is what we are all about, raising awareness. The support we receive never ceases to amaze us. Teenline is a fantastic cause to be involved with”

Goodies on the day included- a stunning piece of Melinda Maria Jewellery for some lucky ladies, hampers galore, from Clairins, Joico, Olay, to name buy a few. Beauty Mecca Ebano in Ballinteer also gave away some stunning skin care treatments for one lucky lady at each table! Some would say this was the lunch that kept on giving, with Christmas coming early. One of the best prizes on the day was a place for a lucky guy or gal on Poulet Bonne Femme’s Carving Masterclass – this is a little gem from the rotisserie specialists, you won’t need to worry about himself butchering the Christmas Dinner – these master classes will have you sorted!


The Paul Stafford Foundation was established in 2007 to raise awareness and address the serious issue of suicide in Ireland. It was founded by a group of people who were directly affected themselves by suicide and had lost someone they loved to this ever increasing problem. A young man called Paul Stafford is the inspiration for the foundation because in 1997 he took his own life, aged 26 and like so many suicide victims, left behind his distraught family and friends. 10 years later, those affected by this special man, felt a need to come together and do something to address the major issue of suicide in Irish society.

Statistically the rate of suicide is growing year on year with the majority of victims being male between the ages of 19 – 26. What a lot of people don’t know however, is that suicide is now the biggest killer of young men in Ireland surpassing road accidents.

The committee behind the Paul Stafford Foundation are committed to raising awareness and funds to make a real difference and fight this problem which has affected so many Irish families. To date they have held Charity balls, together with several bespoke fundraising events raising to date over €468,000 for suicide related causes.

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