Cruel burglars steal €2,000 in fundraising money for little Millie
Published 23/12/2015 | 09:11
CRUEL thieves stole €2,000 in fundraising money earmarked for a sick baby.
Little Millie Nelson (10 months old) is currently battling a rare muscle wasting condition at Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin.
The community in Navan has rallied around the little girl and have regularly raised funds to help her and her family.
A charity kick-boxing event had raised €2,000 to help prolong her life.
The funds were being kept at a house at Robinstown, outside Navan and the organisers were hoping to present the money to Millie’s parents Gary and Lorraine Nelson last night.
But thieves broke in to the house and stole the money while the owners were Christmas shopping last Sunday.
Home-owner and martial arts expert Keith Cooper who raised the funds said he was “devastated” by the theft.
He knew it was bad news the moment he arrived home on Sunday evening.
“I knew something was off straight away. Lights were on and then I saw that the glass in the back door was broken and the door had been forced open,” he said.
“Drawers were open everywhere and they had found the money in a cash box hidden in one of the bedrooms.
“Nothing else was taken but I wouldn’t have cared if it was. I was just devastated that this money was gone.”
The International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) sanctioned kick-boxing event in Navan was held to raise funds towards a wheelchair accessible vehicle for Millie, who is the only baby in Ireland to suffer from a rare muscle wasting condition called SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) Type 1.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment or cure for the condition which affects all the voluntary muscles used to swallow, eat, sit, walk and breathe.
However the Nelsons researched the condition and fought for ventilation and other equipment which would prolong Millie’s life.
In recent months Millie’s twin brothers Jake and Cody melted their parents’ hearts when they wrote their
Christmas list to Santa from the Ronald McDonald house asking for only one thing this Christmas Day – for Millie to get better.
The family set up a GoFundMe page to help purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle for Millie who will never be able to sit or walk or been on a family outing because of transport issues.
Since news of the theft has spread, a number of local businesses around the greater Navan area have pledged funds to replace the stolen money.
“Lorraine and Gary have told us not to be beating ourselves up about it,” said Keith.
“They’re up there at the hospital watching their daughter battle every day so it’s no big deal for them in the greater scheme of things but it would be brilliant to be able to
raise enough to get them transport.
“It’s Christmas after all and so far businesses have been brilliant in helping out over the last day or so.”
Trim gardai have confirmed they are investigating the theft.
Anyone who would like to help can access the page at https://www.gofundme.com/Ws5bncy8 or go on to Keith Cooper’s MMA Facebook