Aubrey, Maura, Lily and Lucy Hutchinson.
A huge €2,850 was raised in honour of a little Abbeyleix girl for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Ireland charity.
A number of Laois businesses organised a fundraising drive for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) in honour of Lucy Hutchinson.
Five year old Lucy, who is a daughter of Maura and Aubrey Hutchinson, has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
Lucy recently graduated from The Children’s House Montessori in Abbeyleix and a cake sale at the graduation led by the owner Margaret Bergin and staff was the beginning of a number of fundraisers for the Irish charity.
Tom Scott, the CEO of SBHI will be presented with a cheque of over €2200 from the Children's House and another of €650 from Mark Williams Butchers.
The cheque presentation was made in Abbeyleix on Tuesday, August 7.
A bucket collection, raffle and other events were also held to raise funds.
Lucy’s mother, Maura, said the family has linked in with the charity in the past but they are really preparing for when Lucy needs the charity's services in the future.
“We met other parents and Lucy has met other children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. SBHI provide a family support worker to anyone who needs their services. The different branches also help toward funding any extra equipment where possible.
“We are thinking down the line for Lucy when she will need respite breaks in her teens,” she said.
Margaret Bergin at The Children’s House in Abbeyleix and staff have been the driving force behind the fundraisers.
The Montessori does a fundraiser every year and this year chose SBHI as Lucy was graduating and moving on to big school Scoil Mhuire in Abbeyleix in September.