Brenda Dunphy and her husband Shane are taking on a 12 hour Run/Walk/Crawl “Hope & Strength Challenge” on Friday 28th September in the Harriers, Tullamore from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm.

Brenda & Shane Dunphy

In aid of two local little hero’s whose family’s need a little support financially.

The families are doing what they can to stay positive, but as you can image it’s taking its mental toll. They have not only to deal with the heartache of a sick child but the daily recurring costs that come with it, fuel for trips to Dublin Hospital Appointments, tolls, food, stay over’s etc.

Not to mention the big things like a generator for much need machine or a suitable car that all the family can go out in. This is only some of the challenges they face. This is why Brenda and her husband are taking on this challenge to help ease a little of the burden.

Anyone that would like to pop up on the day for a chat, or to run or walk a lap are very welcome. We have a limited number of running buffs sponsored by Midlands 103 for anyone that donates on the day.

Upon completion of the Fundraiser the monies will be split between the two families to help them going forward.

All donations are greatly appreciated:


IBAN: IE77TURU99100407344803


Henry Donnelly was born on the 18th June 15 in Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar with a post-birth diagnosis of Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome).  After 2 weeks he was moved to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital with a slight breathing condition called a stridor.  After months of having Henry on CPAP and going in and out of ICU, he was fitted with a Tracheostomy on his 1st Birthday.  Unfortunately, the Traccy site got infected with E-coli and MRSA and he then had to be sedated for 12 weeks to help the site heal.  Once it healed, we then found out in Sept 16 that Henry had Leukaemia, and he had to be moved once again, this time to Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin for 5 months’ worth of Chemotherapy.  He returned to Temple Street inJan 17 to restart our Trachesotomy training, and finally, after 2 and half years in hospital, Henry made it home for the first time on 1 Nov 17.  He is thriving at home but is still ventilated for at least 18 hours a day.  Henry will still have his tracheostomy for a few years yet, which will slow his progress in eating and verbalising, plus physio is working with him to try and get him crawling and eventually walking in time.

In April 2018, the family of Elsie Mae Scally from Kilclonfert in Co Offaly came to a halt when they got the devastating news there little 2 year old girl was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.  As a family they were devastated that there beautiful and funny little Elsie who is so full of mischief and life could be diagnosed with such a life threatening disease. Elsie was admitted to Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin immediately after her diagnosis and will continue treatment for at least the next 2 years.