Alice’s Won­der­land


Bray People - - News -

TREA­SURED Alice Dil­lon, who trag­i­cally died of can­cer at the ten­der age of eight, was re­mem­bered last Satur­day morn­ing at a sale which raised € 1,800 to­wards Alice’s Won­der­land Foun­da­tion, an or­gan­i­sa­tion set up to pro­vide a play­room at the St. John’s ward of Crum­lin Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

A steady stream of peo­ple filed in to the Parochial Hall in En­niskerry, where lo­cal li­brar­ian Peggy Byrne and her team of helpers were run­ning the show.

The leftover stock was do­nated to the So­ci­ety of Vin­cent de Paul and War on Want. ‘There was a lot of pass­ing trade and peo­ple wan­der­ing in. We had a good cross sec­tion of clothes for all ages,’ said Peggy.

She said that peo­ple were very gen­er­ous and all of the stock had been do­nated by those who wanted to help. The hall was avail­able free of charge and most of the things in the ham­per were also do­nated.

Alice’s par­ents Pat and Linda as well as her two older sis­ters were heart­bro­ken when she slipped away. They hope they can bring some joy to the lives of other sick chil­dren.

The room will be equipped with the help of an ar­chi­tect that spe­cialises in de­sign­ing play ar­eas for sick chil­dren and if the fa­cil­ity were to move, the equip­ment can be taken apart and re­built.

An­other group has taken on board the task of trans­form­ing the gar­den there in to a play area for the kids.

Alice’s dad is a biker and she loved to go out on his Har­ley so made some friends amongst the bik­ing fra­ter­nity in Wick­low. She was a brave child and a great fighter who took ev­ery­thing in her stride.

Peggy Byrne, Laura Byrne, Pat Byrne, Hil­lary Byrne and An­nette Burke at the sale in En­niskerry last week.

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