Friday 23 March 2018

Charity makes final donation after raising over €50,000

Theodore's sister Averie (4) is pictured with the plaque
Theodore's sister Averie (4) is pictured with the plaque
Family, friends, and supporters present the final cheque to paediatrician Dr Maybelle Walls, staff nurse Sandra O'Reilly, nurse manager Mary O'Kane, and assistant director of nursing Eleanor Carpenter

A charity which raised over €50,000 for equipment in Wexford General Hospital, has made its final donation.

The Theodore Foundation was set up in 2010 following a heartbreaking tragedy for a Gorey family. Theodore McGonigle was just 22 months old when he died of a viral infection.

He had been cared for at Wexford General Hospital, and his parents William and Juanita, and family and friends set up the foundation to raise funds for equipment in the children's ward and the emergency paediatric ward, and a garden for the children at the hospital.

Fundraisers were held over the years, both locally and also in Donegal where there are strong family ties. These included family fun days, sponsored marathons, and a tractor run.

The charity has now wound up its fundraising activities, and the final cheque, amounting to €36,341.92 was presented to the hospital in recent weeks. 'It's going to pay for monitors in the paediatric emergency department, and for cots for the infants in the children's ward,' said Juanita.

The garden was completed several years ago, and Juanita said it is well used. They visited the garden for the cheque presentation ceremony. Thanks were sent to all who supported the fundraising efforts, including family, friends, and locals in Wexford and Donegal. A plaque has now been placed in the hospital to remember Theodore, and all the good work done by so many in his memory.

Gorey Guardian