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Limavady Mayor appeal for support for ‘Keep Baby Katie Awake’ camapign

16 June, 2008

The Sinn Féin Mayor of Limavady Brenda Chivers has called for support for the "Keep Baby Katie Awake" campaign to raise funds to send a sick baby from Magherafelt for treatment at the Chicago Memorial Children's Hospital, the foremost epilepsy neuro-imaging and treatment centre in the world.

Cllr Chivers said:

"Our fight to get Katie to America is her only chance and we urgently need the funds to do so. A day of fundraising will be held in Dungiven on Friday 20th June. A Quiz and Raffle will be held in Murphy's Bar. Prizes include a weekend break, signed boxing gloves from Paul McCloskey, a signed Derry Shirt, jewellery, a meal for two at Dungiven Castle and a hamper.

"A sponsored disco will take place in Ban Joes Bar and a further charity event will be hosted by John T's Bar. The staff of Street Cafe in Main Street Dungiven is donating all their tips to the charity and donations can also be made to the charity in the Cafe.

"Little Katie's story is heart breaking. She has to taken huge amounts of medication to combat this illness. The side effects of these drugs have been debilitating for the poor child. From the bottom of my heart I urge everyone in the borough to support this campaign. Katie's condition is rapidly deteriorating and we have no time to lose." CRÍOCH

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