Edgeworthstown fundraiser to send little Laura to Lourdes

Edgeworthstown fundraiser to send little Laura to Lourdes

A children's disco and fancy dress fundraiser in aid of a young girl with polycystic kidney disease is being held in Edgeworthstown on August 28.

Nine-year-old Laura Stokes, who is living in Newtownforbes with her mother Mary and seven siblings, has polycystic kidney disease and diabetes. 

She had a kidney transplant in November 2013, but in May this year it failed.

Laura spends three days a week in Temple Street Children's Hospital and her family are trying to fundraise for a trip to Lourdes. 

A friend of the family, Collette Conway from Edgeworthstown, is organising the event in a bid to help Laura and her mother with the travel expenses.

“After all she went through it was for nothing,” said Collete, continuing: “Temple Street are now allowing her to go to Lourdes, where they wouldn't allow it before.”

Collette explained that Laura, who is due to start third class, is too unwell to attend school, but has schooling three days a week in Temple Street.

Laura is described as a “happy little girl who loves singing, dancing and art” and the family are hoping this fundraiser will go a long way to helping Laura and her mother go to Lourdes.

The disco is set to be a fun event for children, with loads of entertainment on the day. 

“My son, DJ Aaron Parker will provide the music, Photographer Michael Croghan is doing a fun photobooth, there will be face painting and Silver Lining Production Circus will perform,” explained Collette. There will also be a raffle with loads of spot prizes.

Kicking off at 3pm in St Mary's Community Centre, it will run until 5pm with €5 entry and discounted tickets for families.