Keigan thanks Ballymena for a ‘dream come true’

THE Parents of local boy, Keigan McIlhagga have thanked the local community for raising enough money for him to achieve his dream and ride his first bike.

Five and half year old, Keigan, a pupil from Harryville Primary, suffers from cerebral palsy with left side hemiplegia, increased muscle tone and requires a special safety trike rather than a normal bike.

Keigan’s parents, Donna Moore and Thomas McIlhagga made an appeal in the Times to help raise the £1000 it would cost for the special safety trike.

Thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, Keigan has received enough donations to purchase his special safety trike.

The brave little boy also has to wear a leg splint and has limited power on the left side of his body but this new bike will offer Keigan a great sense of freedom and give him a huge boost.

The family and in particular Keigan thanked the Times for the coverage of the appeal and also offered massive thanks to each of the following: NISC Fountain Bar; Ballykeel Chemist; Southside Youth FC; McAtamney’s Butchers (Greenvale Street); Swann’s Protective Clothing; Kelly Fuels; Wright Group; Breadshed; Harryville Primary School; China Garden, Ballykeel; Candy Bar, Ballykeel, David Smith Motorsport and Spares; Brendan Stores; Hillis Sweet Shop; Great friends who sold Fireside Quiz sheets; Ballymena Recovery; Sonya Morris, Toning, Tanning, Beauty; Bingo (Ballymena); Sportsbowl; Sloan Butcher; also the family’s neighbours for their help and three donators who did not want to be named.

Also a special thank you was offered to Jonathan Moore for all his help in the entire fund-raising process.