Wednesday 26 June 2019

Sheila has a ball at Dreamland!

Sheila, her mam Nancy and her aunt Sheila with Share a Dream founder Shay Kinsella at Dreamland
Sheila, her mam Nancy and her aunt Sheila with Share a Dream founder Shay Kinsella at Dreamland

Pádraig Byrne

Dreams came true and precious memories were made for one Enniscorthy family recently as they travelled to Share a Dream's new Dreamland Fun Centre in Limerick. Sheila Tobin, who suffers from a rare genetic condition called cri du chat syndrome, was over the moon to enjoy all the centre had to offer along with her parents Nancy and Philip and her aunt Sheila.

The gang had a great day out and Nancy was full of praise for the service that Share a Dream offer there, saying that it was a great opportunity for whole families, regardless of ability or disability, to play together.

'Sheila just loved every minute of her visit and if I'm honest so did I,' said Nancy. 'From being a princess, a fireman, a doctor, a hairdresser, a pilot, a cafe, a construction worker, a supermarket operator, a banker to the super magic slide... Dreamland is amazing! Sheila had her own 'flying carpet' that brought her to the top of the castle and for the very first time in 21 years, she got to whizz down a slide. It was a truly wonderful experience to see the absolute happiness in her face and fear in mine!'

A former winner of Wexford Man of the Year, Share A Dream founder Shay Kinsella made a promise that he would someday build a magic place where all children feel welcome. Now he is delighted to have such a place up and running and to be welcoming people like Sheila and her family.

Nancy has encouraged the local community to give what they can to help Shay and his team to continue to raise funds to help other families around the country. All seriously ill and disabled children go free to Dreamland and Share A Dream rely solely on the generosity of the public to keep going. If you could help out by organising a fundraising event or by making a donation, please contact or call 061 200080.

Gorey Guardian