Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Michelle Knight-McQuillan has added her support to this year’s Ringsend Cycle Challenge which takes place this Saturday 30th April.
The event will support the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, in memory of 4 year old Oisín McFerran.
At a recent visit to Sandelford Special School in Coleraine, Mayor Knight-McQuillan, met with organisers of the event and local children who receive the services of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
She said: “The Children’s Hospice is a vital service for families, and without it many children, parents andsiblings would be lost at a time when they most need support. I am pleased that the organisers of the Ringsend Challenge are supporting Northern Ireland Hospice in memory of Oisin McFerran. I understand the vital role the hospice played in Oisin’s short life and the support his family received both practical and emotional. However this vital service also relies on the support of volunteers fundraising for much needed funds to support their services and ensure the users get the best possible support.
The event organisers are confident of a big turnout as they honour the memory of four year old Oisín McFerran who passed away in July last year.
Oisin’s mother Nolene McFerran said; “Oisín was a beautiful boy; loved by everyone who ever met him.
“In his first few weeks of life, Oisín was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, amongst other conditions, which left him profoundly disabled and with complex medical needs.
“Everything he did in life was with assistance – even breathing as he was dependent on an oxygen flow and frequent physical intervention for airway management. Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice offered essential respite, emotional support and most importantly memories for us to treasure.”