Dog lovers raise funds for trike

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A Randalstown boy who suffers from cerebral palsy should soon have a life-changing mobility tricycle thanks to a band of dog lovers!

A large crowd of dog handlers and their families braved monsoon conditions at the Combined Canine Club of Ireland’s dog show and raceday in a bid to raise money for Ronan Elliott.

The event was supported by a number of sponsors including Feeedwell Dog Food (Castlewellan); dog food distributor Martin Lavery from Randalstown and the Great Game Fairs of Ireland team who organise the Irish Game Fair at Randalstown.

Irene Titterington, Game Fair Director said: “As I worked for several years with special children and their parents I personally was very happy to take the lead in our organisation’s involvement with this project and I hope we can help further with the fund raising activities planned to give this very special boy the very best start in life.”

The group of lurcher and terrier enthusiasts held the event near Ballynahinch on ground kindly provided free of charge by the landowners, and were able to present all of the proceeds of £800 to help purchase a mobility tricycle.

Ronan’s mother Rachael, who had travelled from their Randalstown home to join in the fun, was delighted with the kindness which had been shown.

“It has been amazing to see how so many people have given up their time to organise this event. The money raised will help greatly in purchasing a tricycle which will make such a difference in his life. Words cannot express how grateful we are for the generosity of so many doggie folk who have rallied to Ronan’s cause.”

Six year old Ronan was born with cerebral palsy which makes it difficult to do physical things like other children.

Rachael explains: “Ronan’s arms and legs are stiff and sometimes his legs cross over, making it difficult for to walk, crawl, stand and move from his wheelchair. Ronan’s trunk is weak, so it’s difficult for him to sit and balance. The adapted tricycle will make a huge difference to his life.”