Doncaster granddad to fish for funds for youngster

Kenny O'Donnell, of Cantley, is taking part in an eight day fishing fundraiser to raise money towards a whhelchair tricycle for his disabled grandaughter Aleisha. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Fishing MC 2
Kenny O'Donnell, of Cantley, is taking part in an eight day fishing fundraiser to raise money towards a whhelchair tricycle for his disabled grandaughter Aleisha. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Fishing MC 2
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A Doncaster man is hoping to reel in thousands of pounds for a new wheelchair for his disabled granddaughter through a charity fundraiser with a difference.

In a bid to raise the funds for a new wheelchair for his eight-year-old granddaughter, Aleisha, Kenny O’Donnell is set to embark on a seven day fishing challenge.

Kenny O'Donnell, of Cantley, is taking part in an eight day fishing fundraiser to raise money towards a whhelchair tricycle for his disabled grandaughter Aleisha. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Fishing MC 3

Kenny O'Donnell, of Cantley, is taking part in an eight day fishing fundraiser to raise money towards a whhelchair tricycle for his disabled grandaughter Aleisha. Picture: Marie Caley NDOS Fishing MC 3

As part of the fundraiser, Kenny will fish for seven days straight from September 14 to 20 at Sandall Park boating lake, where he will also sleep for the duration of the challenge.

The cost of the bespoke wheelchair for Aleisha, a brain damage victim who also suffers from rare sight condition septo optic displasia and epilepsy, will be £5,000.

Kenny hopes he will be able to raise the full amount for the wheelchair through his fundraiser.

“It’s about trying to give Aleisha a better quality of life,” said Kenny, aged 59, of Elmham Road, Cantley.

“Aleisha basically has the capacity of a six-month-old baby.

“She can’t feed herself, go to the toilet, or even sit up without help.

“We’ve raised money for her to have new wheelchairs before, but she always grows out of them really quickly.

“If we can raise the money for it, this wheelchair will see her through – she should be able to use it into adulthood.

“It’s also a tricycle, and when she’s had a go on similar ones she’s absolutely loved it.

“She’s been giggling away and really come out of herself when she gets to use it, so I really hope I can raise the money.”

The dedicated grandfather has previously taken part in a number of impressive fundraising challenges in aid of Aleisha, a pupil at Heatherwood School.

In 2011, Kenny took part in an around-the-UK mainland ride, keeping as close as possible to the coastline – a journey of around 4,000 miles on his 650 dragstar, over a total of 19 days.

Kenny also helped to raise thousands of pounds towards a safe sensory room in Aleisha’s home and specialist equipment for Heatherwood School, based near Leger Way in Wheatley Hills.

He says he chose fishing as the subject of this month’s fundraiser because ‘it’s something a bit different.’