Leixlip Teenager Completes 1000km Cycle in 15 Days For Crumlin Children’s Hospital

By Robert Cox, April 15th, 2021

Fourteen year old Leixlip girl Abbie O’Leary has tonight completed her 1000km cycling fundraiser in aid of the Children’s Health Foundation at Crumlin Hospital.

Photo by Austin Crowe

Abbie, who began the mammoth cycle on April 1st, in line with her Easter break from school, amazingly reached her landmark only fifteen days into the month.

The sports mad Leixlip Gaa member, usually spends this time of the year immersed in Camogie, Football and competitive Swimming action but unfortunately like so many others, due to lockdown this hasn’t been possible in both 2020 and 2021.

Abbie’s competitive nature and love of exercise has seen her take up running and cycling in recent months, leading to her setting herself this challenge, while raising funds for CHI at Crumlin.

Speaking to Abbie earlier in the month, she explained her reasoning for choosing Crumlin; I’m a patient in CHI at Crumlin and am continually cared for by the fantastic Haematology team. I have also received amazing care from the medical team for various sporting injuries.

“I am so grateful for the care that I have received in CHI at Crumlin and wanted to give something back, and say thank you for all that they have done for me. I am combining my love of sport and gratitude for CHI at Crumlin in this 1000km fundraiser.”

Abbie was joined by her Mum Barbara, who is a healthcare worker and Abbie’s good friend Aoife for the cycles.

Photo: Austin Crowe

You can donate to Abbie’s fundraiser on her JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abbies1000kcycle

At the time of going to post, Abbie had raised Judy over €2,000

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