Friday 30 September 2016

Over €10,000 raised for Berkeley survivor Aoife

Ryan Nugent

Published 04/04/2016 | 02:30

Aoife Beary
Aoife Beary

More than €10,000 was raised for Berkeley balcony collapse survivor Aoife Beary in a concert to help pay for her medical bills.

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The 21-year-old student was one of the seven survivors of the balcony collapse last June in which six others died.

Ms Beary survived the fall from the fourth floor of an apartment block at her own 21st birthday party, while on a J1 visa in the States.

However, she suffered severe head injuries during the fall and was under treatment at a hospital in Santa Clara between July and September last year.

Despite initially being in a wheelchair, Ms Beary is now walking, with one event co-ordinator telling the Irish Independent that she has made a miraculous recovery given the circumstances and the extent of her injuries.

It is understood that some of Ms Beary's medical expenses over the past nine months were not covered by her insurance.

Organisers said that upwards of 600 people attended the event, held at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Ballyroan, Dublin 14.

It was a ticketed event, at €20 per person. Another 33 companies, local businesses and individuals provided cash donations, complimentary services, vouchers or raffle prizes at the event.

Meanwhile, dozens of locals who could not attend the concert had already purchased tickets or arrived on the night to make a donation before leaving.

Irish Independent

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