Kayden fund tops 7000 mark

Thursday, 22 February 2018

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THE Ballymena public has rallied together to raise thousands of pounds following the tragic death of five-year-old Kayden Fleck.
Kayden, a pupil of Harryville Primary School, died after falling into the River Braid, near the Ecos centre on February 10.
Following a major search operation Kayden was airlifted to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, where he later sadly died.
A Justgiving page was set up in response to the tragedy and a target of 1,000 was exceeded within hours.
Samantha Shannon, who helped set up the page, said there has been a "tremendous response" from the public with the total now standing at almost 7,000.
She explained that the money raised will be used not only to help Kayden's family through such a difficult time but it will also benefit a number of organisations.
Those that will receive donations include the Community Rescue Service and the Clarke Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children.
Samantha said: "What happened was such a tragedy and we wanted to do something to help and support the family. We initially started off with a 1,000 target to help with funeral costs but by the next day it reached 2,000 and kept going up and up.
“We never expected the target to reach over 6,000 but I think it shows how much the community has pulled together for Kayden.
“Kayden's family are still trying to come to terms with what has happened but I know they are keen to see the money used to help a number of good causes including the Community Rescue Service who do incredible work.
“Unfortunately nothing can bring Kayden back and we can never imagine the pain his family are going through but hopefully this shows that they are not alone. Whatever money is left will go some way in helping Kayden's family, possibly giving them an opportunity to take Kayden's twin brother Jayden on holiday.
“We would just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who donated, the response has been truely amazing."
Samantha said that there will be an official handover of the money when a suitable time can be arranged.


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