26 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A young Smithboro man has much to be proud of after raising over €1,200 for the Holy Family School in Cootehill.

Sean Collins, from Mullandavagh, Smithboro, who is son of Annette and Donal, dyed his hair pink last Saturday to raise money for the Special Care Unit in The Holy Family School in Cootehill, Co Cavan. The 12-year-old has a close link with the school as his older sister, 14-year-old Kathryn, attends it and her kind-hearted brother was aware of how much she loves it and the benefit she gets from attending.

Kathryn is intellectually disabled and has sensory processing disorder. She is also non-verbal and communicates using makaton signs. Despite her age she was never diagnosed with any condition, all her test results came back normal even though it was obvious all was not as it should be.

However in February, after a new round of DNA testing, Kathryn was diagnosed with a recently discovered chromosomal condition called SAT B2.

In honour of Kathryn finally getting a diagnosis Sean decided to dye his hair pink and to invite family, friends and neighbours to his house for “juice and a bun”, Kathryn’s favourite! There people had a chance to see his hair, meet Kathryn and donate. A large number of people also very generously sponsored him.

To date Sean has raised over €1,200 for The Holy Family School. He would especially like to thank the staff in Split Ends Hair and Beauty, Clones who kindly sponsored him in turning his hair pink and their many customers who donated.

Sean also expresses gratitude to the staff of Urbleshanny National School, Centra, Scotstown and Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre, where Kathryn attends her much loved horse riding every Saturday morning, for their generous sponsorship.

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