Friday 23 February 2018

Hundreds bounce to boost funds for Berkeley survivor Clodagh

Jumpzone Santry. Fundraiser for Berkley. L to R: Ele Breslin (22), Rathfarnham. David Willis (21) Dundrum. Jessie Hayden (21) Clonshaugh,
Jumpzone Santry. Fundraiser for Berkley. L to R: Ele Breslin (22), Rathfarnham. David Willis (21) Dundrum. Jessie Hayden (21) Clonshaugh,

Alan O'Keeffe and  Rachel Lavin

Friends and family of Clodagh Cogley, who was severely injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse, have jumped on board a quirky fundraising initiative.

Hundreds of children and adults took part in a night of fun activity at Jump Zone in Santry, Europe's largest indoor trampoline park.

Clodagh Cogley
Clodagh Cogley

Clodagh (21) was one of the students on the balcony in California when it collapsed, killing six and injuring seven in June.

Clodagh suffered a broken spinal cord, collapsed lungs, and other serious injuries. All funds raised last night will go towards adapting her family home in Dublin to suit her needs, as she is confined to a wheelchair.

The event at Airways Industrial Estate had a target of €10,000 for Clodagh's care fund and owner Paul Quinn (39) said it was highly likely the target would be reached.

Read more: Berkeley survivor Niall Murray tells of survivor's guilt during first public appearance since tragedy

Clodagh's brother Daragh (20) is a staff member of Jump Zone.

Clodagh, from Milltown in Dublin, posted a message on Facebook saying the chances of her using her legs again are "pretty bleak".

However despite her injuries, the brave Dubliner remained upbeat.

"The thing I'm taking from this tragedy is that life is short and I intend to honour those who died by living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible," she stated.

David Willis (21) lived with Clodagh and two others in Berkeley and experienced the trauma of the awful night. He was there to help raise funds last night.

"We were at the party and everything, it was quite tough," he told the Herald. "We just weren't out on the balcony at the time.

"I was away with her in Berkeley, it was kinda tough. For the first month we were visiting her in the hospital every single day. There were Americans over there driving us around and donating food.

"We all wanted to go home at first, but we kind of convinced ourselves to stay on.

"We'd stay another day and then another week and then we realised we were better to stay there with Clodagh than to come home. We stayed the whole summer."

David said that her friends and family have rallied around Clodagh to help fundraise for her recovery.

"Everyone is pulling together, everyone I know has contributed in someway," David told the Herald.

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