Mark Dalton: Fundraiser for injured hurler tops €200,000 after 24 hours

A fundraiser for a young hurler who suffered traumatic injuries in a pre-Christmas car accident has topped its €150,000 target in less than 24 hours.

At the beginning of December, Mark Dalton, his twin Tom and three of their friends were involved in a serious car accident.

As a result, Mark has been left with major trauma to his spine.

The hurler is a 5th year student from Youghal in Cork.

Both he and his twin brother were set to play for Waterford in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship against Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork just a few days after the accident.

A GoFundMe was set up by Mark’s friends to raise money to adapt the teenager’s house, to make it more accessible so Mark can return home as soon as possible.

According to the fundraiser, the front door and hallway will need to be made accessible, an open-plan accessible kitchen and living space will need to be developed, as well as an accessible bedroom and bathroom for Mark.

In under 24 hours, the fundraiser passed its €150,000 target.

Since then, it has exceeded €220,000 and is continuing to rise.

Mark’s school principal, Séamas Ó Ceallacháin, was quoted on the GoFundMe page and spoke very highly of the teenager.

“There’s one or two in every school and community; ye know the kind of young man I am talking about.

“Without ever trying to command attention, the guy who seamlessly gains the respect of his colleagues and whom you know is a team player. That fellow who never sets out to be the focal point of conversation yet is very popular with everybody.

“The person you know that will always be there for you if you are in a corner but doesn’t want to be overpowering.”

If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mq8pu-mark-dalton-recovery-fund.

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