Work underway to get Kate's Cobh home ready in time for Christmas

Work underway to get Kate's Cobh home ready in time for Christmas

Kate Flynn with her brothers Adam and Alex. Work has begun renovating their family home in Cobh to meet Kate's medical needs and it should be finished in time for Christmas.

CORK toddler Kate Flynn’s perfect home is finally under construction and months of fundraising efforts are starting to pay off.

The four-year-old from Cobh and her family - mum Lisa, dad Mark and brothers Adam and Alex - even have a bird’s eye view of the work being done.

“The house we’re renting now is across from our own home, so the boys are out watching the cement come in and they’re watching the diggers, so we’re very involved in the whole process,” Lisa said yesterday.

“Kate’s very excited and the boys are very excited.

“The gratitude felt is totally beyond explanation.” The Flynn’s home is being renovated to suit Kate’s medical needs and living requirements. The toddler suffers from severe respiratory issues that prevent her from breathing on her own; she has spent much of her short time in this world, in hospital. Nurses caring for her said her bedroom was unsafe.

A ventilator and humidifier is always attached to Kate, so venturing to the first floor of the family home isn’t safe. She’s had to sleep in a small store room off of the kitchen, in a cot, because her room is too small for a bed. The room didn't have a window, or natural light or fresh air and Kate didn’t have access to bathing facilities downstairs.

The renovation will change that and it’s all thanks to tireless fundraising efforts and public donations. The house is being refurbished and storage built for Kate’s medical supplies and equipment.

Fundraising efforts - for a ceiling hoist and storage - continued at a family fun day in Cobh Pirates Rugby Club on Saturday.

The house is expected to be completed by the end of November and the family should be in their home for Christmas. To donate see: http://www.gofundme.com/a-home-for-kate

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