‘Jail and bail’ fundraiser for Blake

Blake McCaughey with his mum Christine meet Iggle Piggle. INLM32-700.
Blake McCaughey with his mum Christine meet Iggle Piggle. INLM32-700.

A fundraiser with a difference was held on Saturday in Lurgan to raise funds to buy a new wheelchair for a Ceara pupil.

Five-year-old Blake McCaughey needs a custom-made wheelchair to increase his motability and give him more independence.

Blake, who has a younger sister Pixie (two and a half), has to be fed exclusively through a tube though his condition remains undiagnosed.

He is seen by doctors, community nurses and therapists on a weekly basis, but mum Christine said she couldn’t wish for a happier boy.

She said: “Blake is the bubbliest child you’ll ever meet. Nothing gets him down.”

Christine (34) and her husband Andrew (36), from Brae Lodge in Portadown, helped organised the event in Lurgan town centre which took the form of a ‘Jail and Bail’ fundraiser.

Several of Blake’s family and friends were ‘jailed’ for crimes such as being ‘Too Good Looking’.

In order to get these ‘criminals’ out of jail, money had to be raised to make bail.

A total of £1,010.94 was raised at the event.

Blake’s mum Christine explained that Blake needs a total of £5,000 to buy the new wheelchair which would be much lighter and manouverable than his current wheelchair.

Other events organised to raise money for Blake’s Wheels include a quiz in Sally McNally’s, Markethill Road, Portadown this Friday at 8pm and a sponsored walk around Craigavon Lakes followed by a fun day at Tannaghmore Gardens. It takes place this Sunday at 2pm.

On Saturday they’ll be fundraising at Lurgan Park Rally and next Sunday, there will be a fundraising car wash from 10am to 4pm at Armagh Road.