THE proceeds of a special Valentine’s Ball in Bantry has been donated to the West Cork Rapid Response service (WCRR).
Chloe Keane, a 16-year-old girl who sustained serious injuries after being involved in an accident at a riding stables, was supposed to be the beneficiary of the event, which was organised by her friend, Ellie Horgan, and held at the Westlodge Hotel recently.
But Chloe – who was allowed to take a short break from her therapy at the rehabilitation centre in Dun Laoghaire – decided that the proceeds should go to the organisation that was instrumental in saving her life. Chloe’s mother Julia said she had never met Dr Jason van der Velde, or even heard of him, before the day of Chloe’s accident on August 13th, but she firmly believes he was instrumental in saving her life.
Julia recalled how it was an army helicopter that came to get Chloe and that she wasn’t allowed travel with her daughter.
‘As Dr Jason was getting on board, he turned to me and said “I will make you a promise that I will get her to CUH” and I felt I was leaving my daughter in safe hands.’
After months of hard work to organise the event, the triplets – Chloe and her brothers Steven and David – said they thoroughly enjoyed the Valentine’s Ball.
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