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Gofundme campaign set up for Donegal toddler

Your support is needed to help a wonderful little boy and his family

Michelle NicPhaidin

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Michelle NicPhaidin

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Gofundme campaign set up for Donegal toddler

It is hoped that the community of Donegal can come together and help raise funds for a wee boy who was born with with hydrocephalus, a condition that builds up in the ventricles of the brain. 

Conall Shiels is a 24 hour palliative  care child.

The prognosis for surviving past birth was poor and for Conall's parents, Kieran and Aoife, this was the most devastating news. 

However, the good news is that Conall is a fighter and has survived and astounded all who care for him, as he is a remarkable and special little boy.

Being 5 months away from his fifth birthday, Conall's friends has set-up a campaign called "High 5 for Conall." It is hoped that the proceeds from this campaign will help the family adapt their home which needs extensive renovations to help provide for Conall into the future. 

It would be a superb fifth birthday present if the whole of Letterkenny and Donegal decided to support and help the family in their hour of need.


The family have coped thus far due to great supports from their family members, friends and from the Jack & Jill foundation and the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice, the HSE and the Donegal Hospice but when Conall reaches the age of 5 some of the supports from these organisations will cease yet his care demands will remain the same.

Kieran and Aoife are primary school teachers and  they don't meet the criteria for funding avenues, so they now must set out on the road of raising the monies needed to help their son. 

The friends of Conall group want to help them raise these vital funds, so that Kieran and Aoife and their other children Cara and Senan and Conall can get on with a better quality of life. 

The friends of Conall have sought quotes and are looking to provide Conall with a fully furnished room to the "Laura Lynn" specification standard, where Conall goes for respite from time to time. We want to raise €55,555 (all the 5s for Conall) and carry out and complete work before his fifth birthday.

Please help us make this a dream come true for a little boy who really deserves something amazing for his fifth birthday.

If anyone feels they have a trade or a skill that would help us to get this renovation over the line in time and would like to help, please contact Chairperson of Friends of Conall, Siobhan Bradley through FB or Alma Kavanagh, Secretary through Facebook. If you would like to pledge your support, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-conall