Thursday 17 October 2019

Graigue gets behind Bumbleance service

Laura Neville, Graiguenamanagh; Katelyn and Emer Neville, Skeoghvasteen and Sofia Villagran, Spain
Laura Neville, Graiguenamanagh; Katelyn and Emer Neville, Skeoghvasteen and Sofia Villagran, Spain
Ann and Michael Brophy, Glenmore; Daniel and Lawrence Joyce, Carrickglade

David Looby

A fundraiser in memory of Graiguenamanagh girl Emma Lanigan saw eighty vehicles take to the roads to raise money for BUMBLEance which supports families of children suffering from cancer.

Now in its sixth year the Emma Lanigan Memorial Run has become a highlight in the early October calendar of residents in the town and area.

Emma's mother Anitha said the event was a great success. She and her husband Aidan chose BUMBLEance because of the special service it provides to children suffering from cancer and their parents. The BUMBLEance service is the first of its kind in the world. It has all the amenities of a regular ambulance but it includes the all-important extras to make a sick child's journey as safe, comfortable and entertaining as possible. BUMBLEance also offer an angel trip, bringing children home when they are about to pass away.

Anitha said: 'When Emma was sick it was just a normal ambulance. I had to drive to hospital and Aidan went with Emma in the ambulance. BUMBLEance takes a lot of stress out of it for parents. It makes a huge difference.'

This was the Lanigan's second time raising money for BUMBLEance and the charity's founders, Tony and Mary Heffernan from Tralee, attended and led out the memorial run. The vehicles gathered at Glanbia in Tinnahinch and set out on a two hour spin to Thomastown, Inistioge and Dungarvan. Everyone returned to Mick Doyle's for refreshments and children's entertainment. Other fundraisers have been organised by a play-school in the town and by the Ford Cylinders. Anitha said: 'We will keep doing the fundraisers as for us and the committee it's a way of keeping her memory alive.'

Anitha and Aidan were helped by Collette Farrell-Ryan and James Ryan in organising the event.

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