Thomas, Sean and Luke Donogher
Supporters have just a few more days to buy tickets for the Kinnitty-based Room to Move campaign draw, which boasts a top prize of €2,000.
The campaign looking to fund adapting the house Catherine and Michael Donogher share with their wheelchair-bound sons Thomas (12) and Sean (11) along with Luke (10), already has over €23,000 in the bank.
However that’s still a long way short of the expected bill in excess of €100,000 the work is expected to result in, and locals are being urged to show their support by sponsoring tickets between now and the raffle on Sunday, August 4.
Catherine and Michael are hoping to add downstairs bedrooms and an accessible bathroom and living area to their Kinnitty home to give Thomas and Sean - who both have muscle-wasting disease muscular dystrophy - an easier home life.
The couple have planning permission for the changes, but after failing to get a mortgage it’s hoped generous locals will step into the breach.
Though more funds will be needed to complete the planned work, Catherine told the Offaly Independent this week she is overwhelmed by the support the project has been shown.
“We’re really thankful to all members of the Room to Move campaign,” she said.
“It wouldn’t have been possible to get as far as this without their hard work and time.”
Catherine has also expressed her appreciation for offers of materials and labour to help out with the planned work at their home.
The campaign will culminate with the raffle draw, which will take place in the Slieve Bloom Bar in Kinnitty this Sunday evening.
In the interim however people can pick up one ticket for €10 or two for €20 in the Slieve Bloom Bar. Prizes up for grabs include €2,000, €1,000 and €500.
Those interested in supporting the project outside Kinnitty can do so by donating to AIB Birr, account number 08026002, sort code 93-22-72.
Readers can also keep up with the campaign at www.facebook.com/roomtomove.kinnitty.