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Thursday 17 April 2014

Massive €4,685 is raised by climb

Michael and Nuala O’Connor and members of the O’Connor family presenting the cheque to Raymond Smith of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalous Ireland’s Wexford branch.

THE O'CONNOR family from Taghmon were delighted to present the Wexford branch of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland with a cheque for €4,685 to assist with its work.

The family raised the money through a sponsored walk of Croagh Patrick with three generations: a total of 16 individuals taking part.

They ranged in age from Mick senior, at 71 the oldest of the group, down down to Finn, who at eight years of age is the youngest grandchild of Mick and Nuala.

The family chose the charity following the deaths of two of its members from the condition in May and July 1977.

At 2,507 feet above sea level Croagh Patrick may not rival Everest but it was still a tough climb for a group that includes children and pensioners. Thankfully the day of the walk was clear but mild. There was perfect climbing weather with the ground dry underfoot to minimise the risk of injury and temperatures neither too hot nor too cold. A heavy mist lingered at the top of the Reek, which ruined the view but did provide for an atmospheric backdrop to the climbers as they materialised from the gloom to rest at the chapel of St Patrick.

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland has a wealth of knowledge and experience which is invaluable to support families. Among other supports it has a National Resource Centre, a Family Support Team, a Youth and Respite Team as well as administration support. Its Family Support service provides family support workers nationally to individuals with spina bifida or hydrocephalus, their families, carers and professionals. The Family Support Workers team also works with healthcare professionals, education professionals and those working within the disability sector by providing information, resources and guidance. The Youth and Respite team specialises in the development and organisation of youth and respite services nationwide.

The O'Connor family wish to express their thanks for the support from their community and friends and the businesses which helped in their fundraising efforts.

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