Brave little Louise leads the way as radiothon raises €117k
A seven-year-old girl battling leukaemia has set an extraordinary example by donating her weekly pocket money to a worthy cause.
Louise Shortall, from Clondalkin, Co Dublin, is a patient at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, and took part in the annual 98FM Care for Kids Radiothon, which raises much needed funds for sick children.
Diagnosed with the illness in April 2012, Louise is currently undergoing two years of treatment.
She is one of thousands who pass through the wards of Our Lady's in Crumlin and will be among those to benefit from the funds raised by the Radiothon.
Louise's father, Kevin Shortall, told the Irish Independent that his daughter couldn't wait to hand over her €10, which she gets from her grandparents, to the initiative.
"Louise spent over 100 days in the wards over the last year, so for families like ourselves the Radiothon is brilliant. I know for Crumlin in particular, who are trying to raise €8m to rebuild St John's unit, every little bit helps," he said.
"Louise is a fantastic kid and she was thrilled to help in any way she can. She even got her little brother and sister to give their pocket money too."
Special guest Bressie and the presenting team at Dublin radio station 98FM, including Ray Foley, Siobhan O'Connor, Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore, heard heart-wrenching stories from several families and patients during their live broadcasts this week.
The Radiothon event is in its seventh year and so far it has collected €1.6m in donations.
This week organisers raised a total of €117,644, which will be divided between Our Lady's in Crumlin, Temple Street Hospital and the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght.
Listeners can continue to donate to the fund until Friday, March 22.
To donate call 1850 33 98 98 or visit www.98FM.com/kids for more information.