Paramedics from Longford will take part in a special fundraiser in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin on the weekend of May 26 and May 27. Baby Sophie Mahon was born October 2011 and was immediately rushed to Crumlin when it was discovered that she suffered from renal and cardiac problems. Sophie survived, and while still a patient at the hospital, is making strong progress. Sophie’s mother, Leona, and father, Hugh, live in Tullamore. Leona is a paramedic with the midlands’ division of the National Ambulance Service, Portlaoise. Colleagues from the seven stations in the midlands will cycle from Longford to Edenderry on Saturday May 26, visiting Ballymahon, Athlone and Mullingar.
The following day the cycle will start in Tullamore and finish in Portlaoise visiting Birr, Roscrea, Borris-in-Ossory and Mountrath en route. The event is open to any cyclist or cycling club. Sponsorship cards are available. Transport to the first and last stages, and all stages in between, will be provided. Monies raised go towards the renal, cardiology and cancer units Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. Anybody interested in taking part, providing sponsorship or helping out can contact Gerry McKeon on 083 0037746 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made to the Sophie Cycle Run at any AIB branch.