A SICK little Lisburn boy and his family will
fly out to Spain next week to enjoy the sun courtesy of a
charity set up to help cancer victims.
Five-year-old Brian Kerr, who has Fanconi's
Anaemia, will head off on a holiday to Salut with his
eight-year-old brother Adam and their mother Gaye, thanks to the
'Shine a Light' organisation.
The break in Spain is a source of joy for the
Moira family who tragically lost Brian's twin sister Helen two
Gave explained how the holiday came about:
"Billy McCrory, who runs Shine a 'Light', rang me one day and
asked me how I was doing. The he asked if I fancied going on
holiday. The hairs were standing on my arms.
"He'd been given my number from a lady whose
daughter was in hospital with Helen." Billy's initial phone call
was in April and since then the charity has become a lifeline
for her and the boys.
She said: "Now we meet up with Billy every
other week and go bowling. Brian found it difficult to bowl at
first but with encouragement from Billy he is now bowling by
himself and we all really look forward to meeting up." Gaye
explained why she enjoys meeting people associated with the
charity: "We are doing normal things with people who have been
affected by the same things. I can cry, chat and have fun and it
does not feel a sin to laugh - you don't feel guilty."
The family will leave for their holiday next
week once they get the all clear from Brian's blood tests. They
have been provided with five day passes for an adventure park
and the boys are getting excited.
Talking about his work with sick children and
their families Billy, 53, who single-handedly set up the charity
and has pledged to devote the rest of his life to sufferers in
Northern Ireland, said: "It is a pleasure to be able to bring
some fun into the Kerr family's life. I thought it may be time
they went through good times."