Monday 26 September 2016

Sick child's Disneyworld dream ruined after savings stolen from family car

Locals rally together to raise funds for the family's impending trip

Catherine Devine

Published 13/05/2016 | 13:43

A mother’s car was broken into and her savings were stolen after changing her money into dollars for a trip to Disneyworld for her sick child.

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Nicky Mahon had her holiday spending money stolen when her car was broken into at Southgate shopping centre in Drogheda on Monday morning. 

“We’ve been planning this trip for two years for our little girl,” said Mahon. “It’s just horrible.”

Her five-year-old daughter had one kidney removed in December and is waiting to see if it is successful before undergoing a kidney transplant.

“The family are seeing how she progresses with one kidney to see whether or not a transplant is needed,” said Darren Ryan, owner of Southgate Barbers, who launched a fundraiser for the family.

“The community have been unbelievably great. I never imagined in a million years that anybody could be so nice, especially strangers,” said Mahon.

Ryan and his sister, Stephanie Dodd, launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for the family who are due to go on holidays on Sunday. 

“We’re going to do an online auction. The whole community rallied together to help by donating products for the auction,” said Ryan. “We’ve a big donation bucket. We’re aiming for €3,000,” he said.

Shops in the Southgate shopping centre have donated items for the auction. Items include beauty treatments, lunch and vouchers.

Stephanie, former owner of Sprinkle cupcakes, made 500 cupcakes, with all proceeds going to the Mahon family.

“I felt sorry for her. She’s after working hard for two years for her holiday. I could just imagine her sitting on the plane on Sunday feeling desperate without her money. I wanted her to go away being happy," she said.

“The public reaction has been amazing. I was down in my local service station and after telling the story a stranger donated €25. I had to stop the orders of the cupcakes because we had sold all 500 and I couldn’t keep going.

“It was meant to be a trip of a lifetime but it was taken away from them.”

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