It was one birthday, Rebecca Daly will never forget...a surprise trip to the north coast thanks to Ballycastle and Dublin Rotary Clubs.
14-year-old Rebecca, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis has spent the last three birthdays in hospital, however, following a request from Tallagh Hospital staff to ‘make a dream come true’ last Sunday she enjoyed a helicopter ride to Ballycastle and a private tour around the Game of Throne sites.
Addressing Peter Harris of Bubblegumclub.ie, Catherine Garland, Senior Hospital Play Specialist, National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght explained: “I would really like if you could make a surprise dream come true. We have a patient who will be 14 on August 31st which she will more than likely spend yet again, in hospital. She has spent the last three birthdays in hospital. She has Cystic Fibrosis and she is having a very hard time at the moment, she is only having short spells at home and then back to hospital.
“She is really beginning to hate hospital and everything related to hospital. I feel if we could do something nice for her she might accept her need to be in hospital and look at this as positive and fun.
“What I was suggesting is a limo pick up with three of her friends hiding in it, a trip to Weston Aerodrome and then a helicopter trip with stop off for lunch then back to Weston by helicopter and to Tallaght hospital.
“We, as the team working with Rebecca, would love to see her get a fab treat for her birthday. Her consultant has given me permission to organise. P.S. She is a child looking at a transplant in the very near future. I really hope you can help.”
And following further discussions and preparation, Carmel Owens of Dublin Rotary Club contacted Ballycastle Rotary Club member Brian Jamieson of Carrick-a-rede Farm and secured a helicopter landing site making Rebecca’s dream finally become reality.
Arriving in Ballycastle after a limo and helicopter ride, Chairman of Moyle District Council, Cllr Donal Cunningham welcomed Rebecca, her family and friends on behalf of the District.
Peter continued: “She enjoyed a limo with her friends and then was whisked off to Weston Aerodrome. After breakfast they travel by helicopter to Ballycastle where they were met by McComb’s Travel who had organised a tour of the four sites used in recording ‘Game of Thrones’.
“They had a meal in The Marine Hotel before returning by helicopter to Weston Aerodrome where some High Powered cars took them back. It was an amazing day and RTE will be covering the event.”
Rebecca wrote afterwards: “Having an amazing day, thrilled to be spending my birthday with the best family and friends in the world and peter and the crew too. Gerry Merriot was so kind to fly myself, my sister and best friend to an amazing family in Ballycastle allowing us to touchdown on their land right on the coast - to be greeted and shocked to see my Mam, Catherine and two best friends waiting to meet the helicopter.
“We are in the middle of a private tour of the ‘Game of Thrones’ sites, something I’ve wanted to do for ages. Our tour guide is Patrick. Had a fab dinner in the Marine Hotel Ballycastle. I’ve left out so much, just so much has happened.
MoreMGarda escort stopping traffic for me in my pink stretch Hummer. Thanks to everyone it’s a day I’ll never forget.”