THE UNSTINTING support of the community of Stamullen has inspired a heartwarming tale of community spirit – post Celtic Tiger.
When a 10-month-old baby girl called Jamie Dunphy needed funds to undergo serious medical treatment in London, the entire area rowed in behind her worried parents, Stamullen natives Seamus and Elaine. The result was a fundraising weekend that raised over €8,000. Following treatment in King's College Hospital in London, her future is a lot brighter. ' The Stamullen Sick Children's Fundraising Group were absolutely delighted with the overwhelming response to this particular weekend of events and also very pleased to say that, following a recent discussion with the parents of little baby Jamie, they have learned that Jamie is well over her operation, receiving follow-up treatment and looks to be on the road to recovery. ' The very dark and uncertain days of worry and anxiety that they have endured all seem to have abated and hopefully they can look forward to their little baby progressing with good health well into the future,' the group declared in a statement this week. 'At the back end of this summer attention was drawn to the people of Stamullen that there was a very unwell little girl in their midst who was in need of essential life-saving treatment outside of Ireland. So, the Stamullen Sick Children's Fundraising Group set about doing what they do best, organise a fundraising weekend all in aid of Jamie. At the time of putting together the weekend activities, she was already in King's College hospital undergoing a very serious operation and her future was essentially in the hands of the medical experts in that hospital.' After a series of meetings and consequently planning out the fundraising activites, it was decided to hold a Golf Classic in Bellewstown, an 8k Fun Run/Walk in Stamullen, a Fun Auction in Whytes Pub and the final event of the weekend was a Motorbike Poker Run. ' The support for all of the above events was just astounding and when the weekend was over and all of the money counted, it was announced that a staggering €8,255 was raised, much to the delight of all involved. A cheque for this amount has since been presented to Seamus and Elaine, parents of little Jamie. At the presentation, Seamus spoke eloquently on behalf of his family, expressing his heartfelt thanks and assured the organising committee that the funds raised would help enormously with the huge expenses involved in relation to baby Jamie's illness and ongoing treatment,' they added. ' This simply could not have happened without the constant stream of financial support from so many individuals who participated in the above activities and others who choose to offer assistance by way of cash donations and sponsorship. It was remarkable that so many people came along and personally handed in cash to the group in support of the above events. 'It really did prove that when it comes to supporting a local need, Stamullen people are out-on-their-own, putting their shoulder to the wheel and giving so willingly, especially in the current climate. It brings it home to one and all that charity really does begin 'at home' and Stamullen was very much 'at home' over this particular weekend.' Simply, they want to thank everyone for their support.