Fundraiser For Loughshinny Man

Loughshinny fundraiserPictured at the fundraiser in aid of the Tony Spencer Trust Fund at the Yacht Bar, Loughshinny on Saturday, 19th September last are, Back row: Barry O'Rourke, Emma O'Rourke, Rachel Davis, Denis Callan, Wendy Ryan, Dylan Ryan and Louise Barnett. Front row: Carrie Spencer, Gillian Guinan and Shauna Barnett

A fundraiser was held at the Yacht Bar, Loughshinny on Saturday week last for well-known local man, Tony Spencer, who suffered horrific injuries in a freak accident last March. This has resulted in Tony being paralysed from the neck down.
His daughter, Gillian Guinan spoke to the County Leader about the pain and anguish that the family are enduring since the incident, six months ago. she said, “As he was getting out of bed, he collapsed on the floor and whatever way he fell, it left him with these injuries. Unfortunately we have been told that he won’t be getting better,” she said. At present, Tony is in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire having treatment and the family are hoping that they can get the house adapted for Tony, when the time comes for him to return home and the family needs a room built on for him. “It’s been a very tough time for our family and my father as well, as he was a very active man,” said Gillian.
The family are calling on local representatives to ask the County Council for funding to carry out the necessary alterations to the family’s council home in Loughshinny, which would mean that Tony can return to his home. Without the house being made wheelchair accessible and other necessary alterations, he cannot return to his home.
“Nobody has come to look at the house yet and all we have been told is that our dad is on the waiting list. We need him home, so that we can look after him,” said Gillian. “The money raised from this fundraiser will go towards buying a specially adapted car, which can be used to get him home for an hour or so, but he’s not at that stage yet,” she said.
Tony (66) is very well-known in the locality, where he was involved in the fishing industry, as well as building. “This is the first fundraiser for Tony and people around the village here in Loughshinny are getting involved in their own fundraisers, for which we are very grateful,” said Gillian.