Family’s ‘massive thank you’ after charity match

Conor McGrotty and his mum Bronagh at the charity match on Sunday to raise funds for a new wheelchair for the 20-year-old media student. (2409SJ41) More photos on Page 17. Pic: Dessie Loughrey
Conor McGrotty and his mum Bronagh at the charity match on Sunday to raise funds for a new wheelchair for the 20-year-old media student. (2409SJ41) More photos on Page 17. Pic: Dessie Loughrey
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The father of a Limavady lad says he is overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who participated in a weekend charity football match to raise funds for his son who uses a wheelchair.

Declan McGrotty’s son Conor was born with Spina Bifida and has never been able to walk. Aged 20, Declan says his outgoing son lives life to full. He is in second year of his media studies course, plays wheelchair basketball and just recently passed his driving test.

“He loves life, lives every day to the fullest and everyone loves him,” said a proud Declan.

Declan said he was really touched when Limavady man, Neil Mullan approached the family about holding a charity football match to raise funds towards a new lightweight wheelchair for Conor.

“Neil said they wanted to do it for someone local, and we were really touched by that,” he told the ‘Journal’.

On Sunday, at the 3G pitch on Scroggy Road, 40 footballers raised £2,000 which will go towards the cost of a new wheelchair for Conor.

“We know Conor and his family, and they’re a good family and we thought this was a good way to give something back,” said Neil yesterday. “Conor just passed his driving test recently and he plays wheelchair basketball so having a lightweight wheelchair will make it easier for him to get in and out of the car. It will give him his independence.”

Declan said a “massive thank you” to everyone who made it “a great day possible, in particular Tommy Logue and Willie McLaughlin from the Newtown Bar in Limavady, who laid on refreshments after the match, and Neil Mullan and Olly Mullan who helped organise the day.

“It was a great day and myself and wife Bronagh and Conor’s twin brother, Michael want to say thanks to everyone.”