Sunday 23 October 2016

Family 'flabbergasted' by car donation following mum's plea for son with cancer

Catherine Devine

Published 25/09/2016 | 16:28

The mum of a young boy (8) with cancer said she's "flabbergasted" after a car was donated to their family.

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Samantha Richardson from Nenagh in Co Tipperary made a plea to the public to help raise €3,000 to buy a car to bring her son for cancer treatment at Crumlin hospital in Dublin.

The family currently use public transport to bring eight-year-old Alex to Crumlin for chemotherapy.

Within hours of the family's appeal they reached their goal of €3,000 and one generous man even offered the family a car.

"We're absolutely over the moon. A man from Carlow donated a 2005 Seat. With all the donations we received we'll be able to fix the car up, get insurance and tax and be able to bring Alex safely to his treatment," Samantha told

"It's so mad how fast everything happened. One person donated €1,000 and another €500. They're huge donations from strangers. We can't thank people enough."

Samantha said eight-year-old Alex is "delighted" with the attention.

"He's been reading about himself and thinks he's famous now. We're so happy. It takes the pressure of us knowing that we have a car when we need it."

Alex was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukaemia in 2014, when he was just five-years-old.

Six months ago the family's car broke down and they were forced to use public transport to get Alex to his treatment once a month.

Samantha said: "Public transport is dangerous for Alex to be travelling on because a normal cough or cold could make him very sick. It’s a lot more dangerous for Alex than a normal child because his immune system is very weak."

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