Support urged for Sophie cycle

LOCAL paramedics will cycle for Sophie and raise funds for the renal, cardiology and the cancer units of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in May.

LOCAL paramedics will cycle for Sophie and raise funds for the renal, cardiology and the cancer units of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in May.

Sophie Mahon was born in November 2011 in Ballinasloe hospital with renal failure and her outlook for survival wasn’t good.

The baby was then transferred to Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin, and continues to thrive.

Her parents, Leona and Hugh, who live in Tullamore, believe it is down to the brilliant work of the staff of the hospital. Sophie will continue to have dialysis daily until she is old enough to have a kidney transplant. The little girl also has two holes in her heart and will be relying on the expertise of the cardiology department.

Her mother, Leona is a paramedic with the national ambulance services, North Leinster division and along her colleagues, they are organising a cycle run on May 26 and 27 next starting from Longford town at 11.30am and travelling to Athlone, Mullingar and Edenderry and on Saturday starting at 11.30am in Tullamore, Birr, Roscrea, Mountrath and Portlaoise.

The run is to raise funds for the renal, cardiology and the cancer units of the children’s hospital as at present, the staff and parents have to work in a very confined space. These funds will greatly help in the refurbishment of these old units.

Organisers are now looking for people to participate in the cycle, support their local paramedics to help the children’s hospital and also to sponsor ‘Sophie’s Cycle Run’.

There is now an account open in Tullamore AIB in the name of ‘Sophie’s Cycle Run’ and donations can be made at any AIB.