Declan and his family
Declan and his family

A fundraiser has been set up for a local man who was left paralysed after participating in a charity cycle.

Declan Naughton, who works in KBC Stillorgan, was dealt a catastrophic blow on June 15 last year.

The dad-of-two was a participating in a charity cycle for Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland with his colleagues when was involved in a serious accident which has left him paralysed.

On a GoFundMe page, which has already reached almost €100,000 of the €250,000 goal, aims to help Declan and his family during this difficult time.

Speaking of Declan, his colleagues said: “Declan is first and foremost a father to two beautiful boys Cillian (12) and Callum (7) and devoted husband to Louise.

“Declan is always the first to volunteer to help others and the first to get involved in any fundraising event for charity.

“Declan has been an active member of his community for many years…

“This Gofundme campaign is about that, it’s about reaching out to help someone who has always been the first to help everyone else.”

Declan has now moved from the National Spinal Unit in the Mater Hospital to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

His colleagues told Dublin Gazette that the support from locals has been huge.

“Declan’s story has touched the heart of many people especially in Stillorgan. The support from the locals has been overwhelming.”

They are hoping to reach the goal on their GoFundMe page.

“We are asking for friends, family & our community to support us in our fundraising drive for Declan. All support big or small will help – but the more of us that do something, the greater the things we will achieve.”

For more information see https://ie.gofundme.com/doingthisfordeclan

His colleagues are also holding a bowling tournament in Stillorgan Lesuireplex this weekend against some of their banking competitors in the area and other large organisations and charities to raise some much-needed funds for Declan.