Back in January family, friends and Shamrocks club-mates, set up a Go Fund Me Page to help one of their own, Waterford minor Mark Dalton, after he, his twin brother Tom, and three friends were involved in a serious car accident.
As a result of the accident Mark was left with major trauma to his spine and after a spell in hospital in Cork, he was transferred to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire to start his recovery.
The Go Fund Me Page was set up to help modify the Dalton home in Knockanore before Mark’s recovery and to say the people of Waterford and the GAA family all over Ireland (and the world) answered the call is an understatement. Since the middle of January the page has raised over €317,000 and today there was a wonderful update on the page.
“We have some wonderful news to share.
Mark arrived home last week just in time to celebrate his 18th Birthday with his parents and brother Tom. Marks recovery and rehabilitation in The National Rehabilitation Hospital has been exceptional. Mark has worked incredibly hard over the past four months to get home to his family and friends. His transition home has come with relative ease as his home is now fully equipped for his needs: new entrance with car port; open-plan kitchen & living space; new bedroom and accessible en-suite bathroom.
“The Dalton family are overwhelmed by the love and support shown for Mark since December 3rd 2020. The outpouring of generosity has been overwhelming. The tireless work of the project management team and all the trades people involved in the renovation deserves gratitude beyond words.
Mark is now ready to begin the rest of his journey. Thankfully his rehabilitation can continue at home in a new accessible gym, purpose built with additional raised funds from this Go Fund Me. We wish him the best of luck for the future and thank you all once again for the amazing response to this fundraiser.
We will be closing the page on Sunday 9th May 2021.
Thank you all for your brilliant work in this great cause and we wish Mark and his family all the very best for the future.