Ellie’s parents ‘humbled’ by generosity of local public

Ellie after a previous operation
Ellie after a previous operation

A Ballymena couple have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by local people towards their little daughter Ellie who is waiting on a major heart operation in London.

Stephen and Joanne McAuley from Dunclug said they were ‘truly humbled’ by the prompt and generous response of the Ballymena public to their ‘just giving page’ which aims to raise funds to help cover the costs of enabling them to stay with her during the operation and its aftermath.

Selfie time! The McAuley family

Selfie time! The McAuley family

Stephen said: “Ellie was born with Downs Syndrome and several serious cogenital heart defects that have meant she has already had four operations in her 19 months of life.

“She is currently waiting on a date for a major open heart surgery in London and this is expected in the next couple of months.

“This fundraising will go towards the expenses incurred by us in being with her every step of the way. Any funds reimbursed afterwards or left over will be put into Ellie`s Credit Union accout to help her with any future needs. “This is not easy for us to ask and we want to be clear that nobody should feel under any pressure to donate, it is simply something we have been asked to set up by people who wanted to help out.”

The fundraising page is at http://www.gofundme.com/3mm8tbk for more details

Little Ellie

Little Ellie

Ellie, Stephen and Joanne

Ellie, Stephen and Joanne