Trust established for paralysed Cork teenager to raise much needed funds

A trust to raise funds for a young woman who was paralysed in a fall will be launched tomorrow night.

Ciara O’Brien, 18, had just completed her Leaving Cert, when she suffered serious spinal injuries after a fall from a flat roof at Moorings Nightclub, in Kinsale, Co Cork, in August 2015.

The Ciara O’Brien Trust Fund held their first committee meeting last week, and will officially launch at 8pm tomorrow in the White Lady Hotel, in Kinsale.

The group plans to host a 5km sponsored walk next month to raise funds for Ms O’Brien’s costs.

The local community school has held a walk of its own, through which students raised €25,000.

Last week, Ms O’Brien thanked the people of Kinsale for their support since her accident.

“We’ve got loads of fundraising by my community,” Ms O’Brien told The Neil Prendeville Show on Red FM. “They have been absolutely amazing. They are trying to fundraise, so I can get equipment.

“We are trying to build a unit, so that everything will be accessible to me, because, at the moment, a lot of the appliances, in the kitchen and everything, are completely out of reach.”

Paralysed from the waist down, Ms O’Brien has been attending the National Rehabilitation Institute, in Dún Laoghaire, for physiotherapy since October.

“At the moment, my injury is permanent,” she said. “It could change over time, but, at the moment, it is permanent.

“What I have regained, now, is what they expected me to. After that, you never know, everyone recovers differently with a back injury. It’s a really long-term process of recovery. It’s not short. You don’t recover overnight.

“You are surrounded by people in Dún Laoghaire with all sorts of injuries,” she said, describing the experience as “an eye-opener”.

“I’m kind of grateful for what happened to me, because there are some people who are so much worse-off. A lot of brain injuries or high spinal injuries — they are completely immobile, they can’t do anything for themselves,” she said.

Donations can be made to the Ciara O’Brien Trust Account at AIB, Kinsale.


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