THE Cork teenager who suffered severe spinal injuries during snow storms in March of this year has expressed his gratitude after receiving €100,000 from the Liam Miller Fund.
It was revealed yesterday that €1.5 million was raised for the Liam Miller Fund after a series of charity events throughout the year, including the sold-out benefit soccer match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
While €1 million has been put into a trust for the Liam Miller family, the remaining €500,000 was shared between another eight causes.
This includes €100,000 for the Jack O’Driscoll Fund to help the Mayfield teen injured earlier this year.
“We were delighted to be able to contribute in a way that may be able to significantly improve the quality of his life,” said Liam Miller match organiser Michael O’Flynn.
A statement released by the Jack O’Driscoll Fund thanked both the organising committee and the Miller family for their generosity.
“This donation will go a long way to help Jack to maximise his potential,” the statement said.
A die-hard Man United fan, Jack also supports Celtic and is an avid follower of Cork City FC.
“Jack is a sports fanatic, playing soccer and GAA at competitive levels within his community in Cork, so this association means a lot to Jack, his family and friends,” the statement added.
Jack suffered life-changing injuries in a fall during Storm Emma and has been recovering at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dún Laoghaire.
His home in Mayfield needs to be specially adapted for his arrival back to live in Cork.