A Limavady family have been left humbled by the kindness shown by the local community, which helped fundraise more than £20,000 following the sudden death of their teenage daughter.
Fiona and Sean McCloskey’s 14 year-old daughter, Niamh died from the rare brain disease Moyamoya at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London on April 2nd.
Fiona and Sean and Niamh’s siblings Sinead (18) and Michael (10) say since Niamh died they have been humbled by the support locally.
“It has totally overwhelmed us that such support and kindness has been shown to us from the loss of our Niamh. We feel so humbled and can’t even begin to tell everyone how much their thoughts and prayers have meant to us,” said Fiona.
The Niamh McCloskey ‘Brighter Future Fund’ has been set up by Great Ormond Street Hospital and the McCloskeys.Niamh’s mum, Fiona says the family is overwhelmed at the amount raised - £20,513 to date. Helping fundraise were Fiona’s nephew, Marc Cudden and his friends who ran the Belfast Marathon; Fiona and Sean’s friends, Alex Boyle and David Lynsey who ran two half marathons in Belfast and Derry within two weeks of each other. The family are also deepy appreciative to Niamh’s school, Loreto College, Coleraine, which held a walk for Niamh and her friends Nuala McCullough, Riona Lafferty, Megan McFeeley, Anna Brolly and Kate McIvor who ran the Colour Run in Belfast in Niamh’s memory.
“Our friend Alex Boyle organised a fundraiser night in Frank Owens Bar in Limavady,” said Fiona, who explained the money raised will go towards Great Ormond Street to kit out a room in the Neurosciences Ward, and that £5,000 has been donated towards Altnagelvin Hospital to the Neurology Department.
“We would like to thank all the local businesses in Limavady who donated prizes; all the people of Limavady who bought tickets an called into the shop to Sean to make a donation. To all our family an friends who sold tickets for us. To all the people that came to Niamh’s night in Franks and made it such a success, but most of all to our friend Alex Boyle that made it all happen,” said Fiona.
Family friend, Alex Boyle said: “It was after Niamh’s Month Mind Mass we were chatting about how to remember Niamh and how to say ‘thank you’ to those who helped Niamh and her family through their difficult time.
“Everyone in the town that knew Sean and Fiona were asking how could they help, so I approached Sean and Fiona about a charity night. They had a think about it and decided, yes, that it would be a good idea, that the money that could be raised could go a long way to helping some other family,” said Alex.
“Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could raise what we did. The Limavady community was amazing with their support. Anything I asked for, I got. Anything promised was given. I can’t begin to thank the local business for donations, and for the Limavady community for their generosity on the night. Gary Owens at Frank Owens bar, and Stephen Feeney were fantastic help. They kept me on the right track on how to move forward with organising the night. David Lyness, my running buddy on the days of our runs, helped me stay motivated.
“We live in one great town, a caring town when you see the support that has been given to this cause and the many other causes that are out there.”