CHARITY CYCLE: Seán Casey from Lissivigeen, pictured with his daughter Éabha, raised funds for the ‘Straight Ahead’ charity. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

After a 260km fundraising cycle, local man Seán Casey was happy to hand over the proceeds to a charity close to his heart.

Seán, from Lissivigeen, took part in a one day group cycle from the Silversprings Hotel in Cork to Crumlin Hospital in June raising funds for ‘Straight Ahead Ireland’.

Seán chose the charity as daughter Éabha suffers from scoliosis and has undergone up to 20 operations since the age of six to straighten her back. Her most recent was a 10 hour bone fusion with new rods inserted into her back last year.

The cyclists managed to raise a whopping combined €14,086, over €1000 of which was raised by Seán.

Éabha herself didn’t use the service as it wasn’t up and running then – but Seán is delighted to help others as funds will provide surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.

“Unfortunately we didn’t use the service as it wasn’t available at the time,” Seán, who thanked his employer Liebherr for donating €300, said.

“Funds raised will go towards alleviating the waiting list for those waiting for the surgery and equipment.”

Éabha, who was a student in the Intermediate School Killorglin, has just received fantastic Leaving Cert results, he added.

Seánis married to Lisa, Deputy Principal of the Gaelscoil Faithleann, who also raised funds for the same charity in March.

Lisa raised €2,300 when she requested donations instead of presents for her 50th birthday.