A host of country stars took the stage at the Hazel Hotel, Monasterevin last Wednesday April 10 to raise funds for the Princess Leah campaign, which has now raised a massive E68,000.
Declan Nerney, Patrick Feeney, Philip English, Kym Kelly, Matt Leavy, The Davitt Showband, Gerry Guthrie and Johnny Brady all gave their time and talents to a wonderful night of fundraising.
“Leah’s grandad gave a moving speech, which gave the audience an insight into Leah, the little person, and he also spoke about when he realised just how sick she was. You could have heard a pin drop in the Hazel Hotel. Special thanks to all involved, Maggie Edwards, Terrina Hannon and the Hazel hotel and staff,” said Leah’s aunt Kym, who performed and also spoke about her brave niece on the night.
Leah, who hails from Robertstown, has a rare form of brain cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Crumlin Hospital. A team of doctors from London are supervising her treatment. When news of the six year-old’s illness broke in the New Year, people across county Kildare and from as far away as Australia organised fundraisers to fund her treatment.
This week, more events are planned. On Friday night April 19, there will be a Shades of Pink night at the Derby House Hotel, Kildare organised by Jayne Muldoon, Lesley McCormack, Elisabeth O’Keefe, Josey Foran, Bernice Halpin and Richie Fagan,
On Saturday night April 20, Judge Roy Beans in Newbridge is hosting a dance music night organised by Gary Murray.
“To date, we are in the region of E68,000 for Leah, which is fantastic however, we need so much more,” said Kym. She has now enlisted a committee to help her promote The Princess Leah Fund and bring it to the attention of more people. She said the family are so grateful for the amazing response of the public.
A skydive is taking place on June 16 with Tracey Phelan and co. taking the plunge. On July 27 Bernice Halpin and friends, along with some of Leah’s uncles, will take to the skies.
“Leah is doing well and spent the weekend in the Hudson bay hotel with her family. She loved it and was swimming. The staff of the hotel made sure she was treated like a princess,” said Kym.
She has just completed her fourth round of chemotherapy and is preparing for her fifth round.
People can make a donation by logging on to www.idonate.ie/princessleahfund. For further information log on to the Facebook page Princess Leah Fund or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If Leah is unable to undergo further treatment, all funds raised will be donated to the children’s cancer unit at Crumlin Hospital. Her family have been overwhelmed by the huge swell of support shown.
- Niamh O’Donoghue