A fundraising campaign for a Mayo man who sustained serious injuries in a workplace accident in the UK has exceeded its initial target in just six days.
Ray Gaughan fell from a ladder in London last month and incurred life-altering damage to his left leg. The painter and decorator is originally from Rathbane, Knockmore, and had only recently moved to the English capital for work before his accident on May 14.
Faced by substantial costs in the coming months, both for treatment to his injuries and for significant alterations that will need to be made to his home, friends of Ray Gaughan launched a GoFundMe campaign on his behalf last week and set themselves a goal of raising €10,000. As of last night (Sunday), the organisers were gladdened at the news that more than €11,000 has already been donated.
Ray, who is a father of three, would be particularly well known from his years spent wearing the colours of Conn Rangers FC and the Knockmore senior football team, with whom he appeared in the 2001 Mayo SFC Final.
Friends say he has received excellent care since his accident but doctors have advised him he is facing into a very long road of rehab and the likelihood is he will have significantly reduced mobility meaning that there will be major long-term implications for his work as a painter and decorator.
“With three young children it’s a very worrying time for Ray and his family so if you are in a position to help out, please donate and keep them in your prayers,” said a spokesperson for the fundraisers.
You can donate at www.gofundme.com/f/rangers-for-ray