Pictured above: Richard with Liam, Sophie, and her two siblings.
Liverpool lady Dawn Hall has started a fundraising campaign to help sick Limerick girl Sophie Mulcahy, who suffers from a rare condition called 1q43 Deletion. The illness has left Sophie unable to feed herself, walk or talk, and will necessitate further medical care as well as a sterile environment in the future.
The Liverpudlian, who started the campaign by creating the Facebook group ‘To Sophie, from the people of Liverpool’, was inspired to do so following the theft of the bikes of five Irish man, including Sophie’s father, Liam Mulcahy, founder of cycle4sickchildren.
The Limerick man had been in Liverpool with his friends to take part in a cycle to fundraise for the families of the Liverpool fans that died at Hillsborough in 1989. When the men took a tour of Anfield – the home ground of Liverpool FC – the van they kept their bicycles in was ransacked, and the bikes stolen.
‘Cycle4SickChildren’ was founded by Sophie’s parents to help raise funds and awareness for children with severe neuro disabilities.
The bikes, including Liam’s bike, which was customised to feature his own name, Sophie’s name and her date of birth, haven’t been recovered.
Dawn, a senior carer at a nursing, was abhorred when she heard of what had happened to Liam and his friends, and started the Facebook group to support brave little Sophie and her family, and show that the people of Liverpool do have good hearts, and, like her, regret the incident.
The Liverpool group is so far the only official group supporting Sophie, and has already reached 664 members since it was created last week.
You can stay up to date with Sophie’s Journey via Facebook.