Donegal farmers, Jamesie and Claire Donnelly, recently held a charity tractor run in memory of their daughter Evanne.
Evanne tragically lost her battle with triploid syndrome in February of last year, 2018. Triploid Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder, in which a foetus has three copies of every chromosome instead of the normal two.
This is what led to her parents organising a tractor run in their native Co. Donegal on Sunday, October 7th. The run was organised in honour of Evanne and in the hopes of raising as much money as possible for charity Féileacáin, the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland.
"We are farmers ourselves and I wanted to raise money for Feileacain, which is a support group for parents who lost children." James Donnelly told That'sFarming.
Féileacáin is a non-profit organisation that provides support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during or after pregnancy. After their efforts at the end of last year, Jamesie and his wife, Claire, handed over the cheque of €8,500 to Chairperson of Féileacáin, Mairie Cregan, on Thursday January 17th at the opening of Letterkenny Hospital’s new maternity bereavement room. Monies raised during the run went towards the construction of the room.
The couple wished to thank all of those who donated over the course of the event and all of the sponsors for their continued support.
Picture Source - Claire Donnelly.