Celebrity for a Day at City Square-accessible to all

A group of ladies from the Waterford and West Waterford Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA)recently spent an amazing day being pampered like celebrities at Waterford’s City Square.

With Spring in the air, days growing brighter and flowers blossoming, the ladies felt it was their time to blossom too- and this wonderful makeover day was soon arranged, with the help of the staff & management of City Square, Peter Marks, Debenhams and the IWA.

On arrival to Peter Marks Hair Salon, a fully wheelchair accessible premises, the ladies enjoyed coffee & magazines, while being attended to by the stylists. They were shampooed, massaged, coiffured and later emerged with their gorgeous new hairstyles.

Next stop was Debenhams, where a personal shopper and a make –up consultation for each lady had been arranged through the store. This is a service that any shoppers at Debenhams can avail of, free of charge, by booking through their website or calling their stores. This is an invaluable aid to any shoppers with mobility issues also, and can really allow for a most enjoyable shopping experience. Debenhams are fully committed to making their shops accessible to all, and also were the first high street retailer to use a disabled model in one of their fashion advertising campaigns in 2010.

The make-up consultants created beautiful new looks for the ladies and gave invaluable advice on the products available, beauty hints & ‘tricks of the trade’.

The Personal Shopper then consulted with each individual to discuss their preferences, and various outfits were brought to them where they could be tried on and modelled. The results were amazing and all the ladies agreed it was an incredible service. Debenhams also provided refreshments during the consultations – shopping can be thirsty work! Goodie bags brimming with even more treats were presented and the ladies departed the store preened, pampered and polished –radiant new versions of their former selves.

The exciting end to a glorious day was a raffle prize donated by the management & staff of City Square, Dinner & wine for two at a local hotel.

All of pampered ladies agreed it was a most wonderful experience, and praised all of the stores & staff who donated their time, and products so generously to make this happen. Those involved:

  • Ann O’Grady
  • Anne Murray
  • Helena Smith
  • Ann Whelan
  • Amy Fitzgerald
  • Theresa Lonergan
  • Margaret Ann Foley
  • Catherine Kenneally
  • City Square Shopping Centre, Waterford
  • Peter Marks
  • Debenhams

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is a national organisation dedicated to the achievement of full social, economic and educational integration of people with disabilities as equal, independent and participative members of the community.

Contact IWA Waterford Resource & Outreach service on 058 24645 / 087 255 6835 to enquire about services available in the South East area. Visit our website www.iwa.ie for more information on our services and resource & outreach centres across the country.