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Saturday 21 October 2017

People dig deep for Hickey boys' treatment

Ned and Michael Hickey with their mother Sinead and grandmother Noeleen Ennis Hickey at the fundraising coffee morning in the Ferrycarrig Hotel last Friday.
Ned and Michael Hickey with their mother Sinead and grandmother Noeleen Ennis Hickey at the fundraising coffee morning in the Ferrycarrig Hotel last Friday.

A coffee morning to raise funds to help two toddlers receive life changing treatment in America was a huge success last week.

The coffee morning in the Ferrycarrig Hotel raised a whopping €2,400 for toddlers Michael and Ned Hickey. The event had been organised by the boy's grandmother, Noeleen Ennis Hickey from Rosslare, as part of a fundraising drive to raise €120,000 to send the boys, both of whom suffer from Cerebral Palsy, to America for treatment which will give them a chance of an independent future.

Noeleen said she was overwhelmed by people's generosity on the day. 'We are overwhelmed by people's kindness and the generosity from local businesses to friends and family. I'd like to thank them all so very much to them all especially Liam and Mary Griffin of The Ferrycarrig. We will be having another event in August, a quiz night, always good fun with my brother Willy Ennis and Mick Healy.'

Known as the Sundance kids Michael who turns three next month and Ned who turns two next month were both born three months premature to Noeleen's son Mark and his wife Sinead.

Noeleen said Michael has Spastic Quadriplegia and is learning to walk at the moment. He's been offered a place at a hospital in St Louis, Missouri, where he can undergo a spinal procedure that will allow him to walk unaided and reduce the pain in his legs.

Already almost €55,000 has been raised and all the money raised will go towards the surgery, therapy and equipment needed afterwards. To donate log onto www.thesundancekids.ie or The Sundance kids community on Facebook.

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