Friday 24 October 2014

Mum thrilled with turn-out for 'Kíla's Wheel'

Published 15/10/2013 | 05:34

Kila's Wheel coffee morning and cake sale in the Loch Gorman Arms helping to adapt her chair; Kila pictured with mum Ciara Mahoney and organiser, Barbara Thompson (centre Back).

LOCALS turned out in huge numbers at a coffee morning recently to help raise funds for a special wheel for a little girl's wheelchair, which will allow her to visit the woods, the beach, and various other uneven terrains.

The coffee morning was held in the Loch gCarman Arms, Gorey, to raise funds for 'Kíla's Wheel', and Kíla's mother Ciara Mahoney, said she was delighted with the support on the day.

The event was organised by Barbara Thomson and Ciara, and they were delighted with the donations of cakes and raffle prizes from local businesses.

Ciara, who lives in Ballycanew, said that the additional wheel will be attached to the front of Kíla's wheelchair, allowing the small front wheels to be raised off the ground, so the chair can be used on woodland walks etc.

'It's like an outdoor buggy wheel,' she explained. 'It costs around €600, and it means we will now be able to go to the beach, the woods, and she pretty much will be able to do everything that other kids can do.'

Kíla, who is two and a half years old, has Spina Bifida. 'She gets annoyed because she wants to do what other toddlers are doing,' said Ciara. 'It's just her legs won't do what she wants them to do.'

They raised enough funds through the coffee morning and raffle, and the new wheel, called a 'freewheel', is now ordered. It should arrive by November.

'Everyone was so generous,' said Ciara. 'It was really nice to see.' A big thank you was sent to all who supported the appeal.

'She's really looking forward to getting her new wheel,' said Ciara. 'She's seen videos of it, and her brother Dylan (7) is also excited about it so he can do stuff with her too.'

Gorey Guardian

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