Thursday, 16 February 2017
WITH THE help of Ballycastle Cycling Club, a local family have handed over a donation in excess of £12,000 to the NI Children's Hospice in memory of their little boy, Oran, who passed away in July.
Oran's Campbell's parents, Uan and Terri were determined to give something back to the charity that been heavily involved and helped them so much during Oran's six short years.
As a keen cyclist, and an active member of Ballycastle Cycling Club, it seemed the natural thing for Uan to do was turn to his club for support in fundraising.
Uan said: "Club members were more than happy to lend their support by offering to donate all funds raised at their annual charity sportive in September to this worthy cause."
With support from family, friends, local businesses and members of the club, a total sum of £12,496.60 in support of the NI Children's Hospice.
Praising the NICH, Uan described it as a "wonderful organisation" that helped his son and the wider family circle during the course of Oran's illness.
He said: "Oran was born on December 17 2009 and was immediately placed in neo-natal intensive care. Within the first few weeks he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder known as C.H.A.R.G.E Syndrome. As a result of Oran's condition he spent the first 11 months of his life in hospital.
“Oran's biggest challenge was his congenital cardiac condition which ultimately caused his passing on July 31 2016 aged just six. Although Oran endured a lot during his short life, he was certainly a fighter. He always had a smile on his face and was always up for a laugh.
“He had such a wonderful bubbly personality and never once gave up on enjoying the simple things in life. Oran also had the strength and determination to complete two years at Sandelford Special Needs School where he attended right up to the end of June 2016."
Uan said that right from the outset the NICH were heavily involved with Oran and the family circle, offering both care and support.
He added: "When Oran was just born the NICH gave our family impartial advice and support that helped us through the tough times. The NICH frequently provided respite breaks for Oran and the family where Oran would 'go on holiday' to Horizon House in Newtownabbey where he would get looked after (and spoiled rotten if the truth were to be known!) by the most amazing people and staff."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballycastle Chronicle.
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