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Fundraiser for player injured in freak accident

Aaron McDermott and a friend, Sarah McShane pictured at the fundraiser.

THE mother of a teenager who almost died playing cricket, has said she and her family are overwhelmed by recent community support.

Recently a large number of people turned out at Burndennett Cricket Club for a special fundraising event for Aaron McDermott. Earlier this year 19-year-old Aaron suffered a broken neck and leg, and had to have six staples inserted in his head after he sustained a vicious gash. The freak accident occured as he was playing cricket for Burndennet.

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The which was organised by members of Burndennett Cricket Club came as a complete surprise for Aaron and his family.

Speaking to the Chronicle this week Aaron’s mother Paula McIntyre, said she cannot put into words how grateful she and her sons are to the club for hosting this event.

“We knew absolutely nothing about the fundraiser,” said Paula. “We got a phonecall telling us that the club had organised a fun day which was taking place the following day. We were over the moon by the turn out and the effort everyone went too.

“There was a duck derby, a barbecue, a raffle, a snooker competition and lots of other events. It was absolutely terrific. The laughs and enjoyment Aaron got did him the world of good.”

Although Aaron is making progress since his accident Paula explained that her son still has a long way to go before he is back to normal.

“It will be another eight weeks before Aaron gets his leg cast off and even longer for his neck brace,” she said.

“Then, if that all goes to plan he will be in rehabilitation for eight months or even a year. He is doing well but it has been very hard on him,” she continued. “

He is very restricted now in what he can and can’t do but he is keeping positive. I can’t thank all his friends at the cricket club enough for organising this fundraiser, we honestly are so overwhelmed by all their support and friendship.”
Lee Pollock one of the event organisers described Aaron as a huge asset to the club.

“Aaron was only with us for about a year when the accident happened and at that time he was our top player,” said Lee.

“As soon as the accident happened everyone at the club were adamant we were going to organise something for him. Unfortunately due to his injuries Aaron is going to be out of work for a very long time and as a club we wanted to make some sort of financial contribution to him and his family.

“I would like to thank all the people from Burndennett who came out and made the whole event such a great day,” he continued.

“I want to also give a special mention to William Kelly who was the main instigator and organiser behind the entire event. Without his contribution we couldn’t have raised the money we did for Aaron.”

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