Donations secure boys’ home after parents pass away

A family of four Co Kerry boys whose parents died of cancer just months apart will now be able to buy the home they loved thanks to an overwhelming response from people at home and abroad.

Patrick, 21, Jack, 14, Andrew, eight, and Conor, five, lost both parents to cancer in the space of five months.

The story left the community of Milltown in central Kerry and the entire region in disbelief.

In May 2021, the boys’ mother, Elaine, was diagnosed with stage four cancer and died, aged 41, three months later.

Then in January this year, her husband Padraig, 46, also died of cancer. The self-employed dad who ran a pressure washing business was known for his charity fundraising tractor and machine races and his love of machines.

The Clifford boys’ aunt, Mary Hayes, and their grandfather, James Clifford, launched a GoFundMe page on April 27 to raise money for the boys to buy their rented house in Milltown.

Yesterday, a statement on behalf of Ms Hayes announced that the fund had now met the target.

They were “humbled and sincerely grateful” for the phenomenal generosity their fundraiser has received, the statement said.

In the space of one month, €379,085 was collected thanks to donations from all over the world.

“He exceeded all expectations and it’s hard to say how grateful the Clifford family are.

“The last few months have been extremely difficult for the boys at Clifford and they could not have gotten through it without the tremendous support of their extended family, friends and neighbours,” Ms Hayes said.

The money raised was placed in a trust fund for the boys and will enable Patrick, Jack, Andrew and Conor to buy their house in Milltown and help with future living and education costs.

“Thank you all sincerely for your generosity and kindness, it will never be forgotten,” she said.

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