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Family’s mission to honour man’s dying wish to provide best possible care for disabled granddaughter

PUBLISHED: 09:13 07 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:17 07 February 2019

It was Maggie's granddad, Andy's dying wish to ensure her parents had enough money to provide the 21-month-old with the best care possible. Picture: Kerry O'Halloran

It was Maggie's granddad, Andy's dying wish to ensure her parents had enough money to provide the 21-month-old with the best care possible. Picture: Kerry O'Halloran

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A donation page has been set up to honour a man’s dying wish to raise the money needed to care for his 21-month-old granddaughter with cerebral palsy.

Andy O'Halloran, 56, from Acle died last month. Picture: Kerry O'HalloranAndy O'Halloran, 56, from Acle died last month. Picture: Kerry O'Halloran

Andy O’Halloran, 56, from Acle, adored Maggie O’Halloran and wanted her to have the best chance in life.

Knowing Maggie’s parents needed £25,000 to install a wetroom and a specialist bedroom after Cambridge City Council told the family it would not be able to help, Andy was desperate to make a difference.

A busy working life helping to train horses for racing legend Sir Henry Cecil and limited finances meant he was restricted in the impact he was able to have.

Maggie O'Halloran has cerebral palsy which means she struggles to walk, can't go to the toilet by herself and has to get bathed by her parents. Picture: Kerry O'HalloranMaggie O'Halloran has cerebral palsy which means she struggles to walk, can't go to the toilet by herself and has to get bathed by her parents. Picture: Kerry O'Halloran

Having died suddenly last month, his family made it their mission to give the toddler the best possible care she could have.

Sue O’Halloran - Maggie’s great-aunt - set up the fundraising page after a family meeting discussing Andy’s wishes.

Having only been live for four weeks the page has already raised more than £1,000.

Maggie's great-aunt, Sue O'Halloran was responsible for setting up the gofundme page. Picture: Sue O'HalloranMaggie's great-aunt, Sue O'Halloran was responsible for setting up the gofundme page. Picture: Sue O'Halloran

Other donations have now taken the overall total to £1,700.

Mrs O’Halloran said: “I know this was what Andy would have wanted us to do so we are doing all we can to help.

“He adored Maggie and I know how big of a difference this will make.”

21-month-old Maggie O'Halloran. Picture: Kerry O'Halloran21-month-old Maggie O'Halloran. Picture: Kerry O'Halloran

Andy’s son, Kieran, 33, who lives in Cambridge and works as a painter and decorator, has had to cut his working hours down to two and half days a week.

This has allowed him to look after his three other children while his wife, Kerry, cares for Maggie and takes her to various hospital appointments.

Kerry said: “Things really are difficult for us and we are doing our best to juggle everything.

“Since Kieran was forced to cut his hours we have been hit hard financially.”

The family are also exploring other fundraising avenues to help them reach their goal.

“We are moving towards the £25,000 target but are still a long way away,” Kerry said.

“We are so grateful for all the help we have had so far but we need to keep asking and making people aware of our situation.

“I cannot thank everyone enough for what they have done so far.”

You can follow Maggie’s story on Instagram at

https://www.instagram.com/maggies_cpjourney/?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1os317h7brcj7&fbclid=IwAR0qOKjS624sLbzjaLhi8Iusjb_ojMZtMfhu0TNk2YbqIcxL3zUjqa94dVE

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