London healthcare worker starts appeal for cancer toddler

Aoibhinn McGowan appeal

A London Irish healthcare worker has launched a campaign to support a family whose infant daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Shelia O’Donnell has created a charity page and will host a fundraising event to help 18-month-old Aoibhinn McGowan and her parents.

Aoibhinn has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and will need on-going treatment for the next two years to help combat the disease. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Crumlin Children’s Hospital and her condition has forced her family to radically alter their lives.

Her mother, Maeve, 24, originally from Gortahork, Co. Donegal, is a full-time mum as she cares for three babies – Aoibhinn, her twin sister, Alice, and her younger sister, Ava. Her father, Dean, 26, from Aranmore, Co. Donegal, has had to leave his construction job in London to head back to Ireland and support his family.

In addition to her fundraising page,, Sheila has organised a charity event at Kelly’s Bar, Hendon, to boost donations.

It is hoped that the money raised will help cover the family’s mortgage, day-to-day bills and their travel and expenses while they are in Dublin. Donations will also contribute to a host of new everyday equipment needed by Aoibhinn – cutlery and toys, for example – such is the high risk of infection given her low immune system.

Sheila has asked for any donations which can be used as raffle prizes, as well as business contributions at the event.

The charity fundraiser will be held on Friday September 9 at Kelly’s Bar, 411 Hendon Way, London, NW4 3LH.

For more information, please visit Sheila’s page or call her on 07951 791371.


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