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Friday 21 November 2014

Fundraiser night for Johnny

Published 04/06/2014 | 05:22

Complications in back surgery in 2012 left Greystones man Johnny Hayden paralysed from the chest down.

Today, funding is still needed to help the dad in his day-today life and to help him recover.

Radio presenter and Greystones resident Laura Wood, along with Maeve Murtagh, organised their third annual fundraiser in the Beach House last weekend and raised €7,000.

A football shirt signed by Gerard Piqué, Nidge's hoodie from Love/Hate and a painting by the man himself were among the items auctioned on the night.

Johnny has always been interested in art and may consider an exhibition as part of future fundraising plans.

Renowned Greystones musician Phelim Drew performed at the event.

Laura explained that the money will be used to modify his mother's house and to construct a special studio for rehabilitation outside the house.

The incident which left Johnny paralysed happened at the Barcelona Spine Hospital where he was having routine disc replacement surgery on the top of his spine.

He developed bleeding on in his neck and spine. His wife Maitte was pregnant with their third daughter at the time.

A fundraising drive began back then to support treatment and costs however costs are still mounting.

Piqué's mother was in rehab with Johnny in Barcelona, while Love/Hate director David Caffrey is a friend of his.

Laura said that the night was a great success and that Greystones businesses had been very supportive. 'Nobody said no to me,' she said on asking for spot prizes around the town.

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