Brave son Trevor inspires mum Isobel’s fundraising

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A Roe Valley woman who lost her son to cancer six years ago has described how her courageous little boy has been the inspiration for raising more than £30,000 for charity.

Brave Trevor Dougherty was just six years-old when he lost his fight with cancer in 2009, but his legacy lives on through the work of his family to raise money for The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

Organiser Isobel Dougherty pictured at the Children's Cancer Unit fundraising family fun day at Frank Owens bar in Limavady on Saturday with sons Phillip, Adam and Jack, also included are Andrew, Mandy Doherty and Aimee. (INLV1615-239KDR) Photo: Ken Reay

Organiser Isobel Dougherty pictured at the Children's Cancer Unit fundraising family fun day at Frank Owens bar in Limavady on Saturday with sons Phillip, Adam and Jack, also included are Andrew, Mandy Doherty and Aimee. (INLV1615-239KDR) Photo: Ken Reay

“Our wee boy was in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children for a year and a half, and we lost him,” said mum Isobel. “They are a great bunch up there and they do a lot, but they need a lot of money.”

The Charity needs £1 million they say will go towards a variety of services, including building an extra two-bedded isolation unit.

“The amount of kids there that are sick would scare the daylights out of you,” said Isobel. “A lot of them don’t win their battles, although some do.”

Since Trevor passed away, Isobel and her family have raised more than £30,000 through a series of events such as onesie days, mini disco days at school, and events that others have completed, including an iron man competition.

“We were counting the other day and we reckon, to date, we’ve raised at least £30,000 through people knowing us, family and friends and outside organisations. It’s nothing in comparison to what is needed, but it’s good and I get a lot of strength out of it and I’m giving back what other people gave us.

“Trevor would be 13 coming and in first year at school. It’s through him, really, that I’m doing this.”

On Saturday, Isobel added to her fundraising efforts with a family fun day at Frank Owens bar in Limavady.

“There is nothing for families, locally, where kids can go out and have a fun day, and their parents are with them,” said Isobel.

“My school friend, Mandy, it was her son that kickstarted it all by doing a charity tandem jump. I never fundraised in my life and, every since, we’ve been doing charity events.”

isobel added: I’m just trying to bring about awareness, raise some money and have some fun for families as well.”

For information log on to childrenscancerunit.com