James Gill Memorial Fund to host charity quiz in Ballinteer

by Mark O'Brien
James Gill

The James Gill Memorial Trust will hold a charity pub quiz tomorrow night in the Coach House, Ballinteer.

The charity are aiming to raise funds to build a chill-out room in the Mater Hospital.

Dundrum native James sadly lost his battle with firolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma in May 2013.

Since then, his family have worked tirelessly to raise funds for charity.

In 2014, the James Gill Chill Out Room was opened in St Vincent’s Hospital. Speaking to Dublin Gazette at the time, James’ mother Geraldine said: “James was the first in Ireland to get firolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma.

“It’s so rare [there are only 200 sufferers worldwide] and I’m trying to let people know it is another kind of cancer.

“James was diagnosed in 2011, and he fought his battle, and last year we had to try and raise money – € 80,000 – to get him to the States [for treatment].

“We got the money for him but, sadly, as I was going to the mortuary, America was ringing me up, saying: ‘We’re ready for him’,” she said.

“James always said how lucky he was to have friends and family to visit him [in hospital], but some days he could only walk the corridor, as there was nothing else to do.

“So, he said to me: ‘When I get to the States, and if I have any money left over, is it possible we could do a little chill-out room with a few games and books in it?’, that teenagers and older children can come to because when you hit 16, there is nothing for that age group at all.”

The charity are hoping to donate money to the Mater Hospital later this year to build a second chill-out room.

A table for four people costs €40 and there will also be a raffle on the night.

Further information can be found on the James Gill Memorial Trust Facebook page.

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