A West Sligo family who have been fundraising for more than two years to adapt their home are set to break ground on the project on June 22.
Noel and Valerie Kennedy and their two sons, Adam and Luke, desperately need to make changes to their home at Farnaharpy in Skreen in order to cater for Noel and Adam who have varied illnesses.
Noel has suffered serious ill health since 2015 and has been wheelchair-bound since undergoing major life-saving surgery in the Mater Hospital early last year.
His eldest son, Adam (15) was born with dwarfism and autism. He attends St Nicholas’ Special School in Ballina and requires around-the-clock care.
The Kennedy Family Trust was established in 2018 to fund raise for an extension to the family’s home which would comprise accessible bedroom, bathroom and utility room facilities for both Adam and Noel.
At present, Noel is sleeping in a converted home office, while Adam sleeps upstairs.
Valerie, who cares for both, sleeps on a sofa in the sitting room in order to be able to respond to both her husband and son should they need assistance in the night, which often happens.
West Sligo businessman Jack Cunnane of Western Plants and builder Martin Wilson have stepped forward to take on the build and have appealed for help from the local building trade.
The project is expected to cost just over €90,000. To date, the Kennedy Family Trust has raised €50,000 while a further €30,000 has been secured in local authority grants.
Jack and Martin are hoping that the shortfall in funding will be partly addressed through voluntary support from tradespeople and builders’ merchants as well as through further donations from the general public.
With a planned start date of June 22 for the project, there is a real sense of urgency to get additional support in place.
Martin Wilson is co-ordinating the drive to get tradespeople and building supplies for the project. Anyone who is able to help is asked to call him on (087)2572920.
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