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Saturday 3 December 2016

Melissa's family's high hopes that Kodaline will help fund

The family of Melissa Patterson are hoping Kodaline will help raise funds with them
The family of Melissa Patterson are hoping Kodaline will help raise funds with them

The family of a sport-loving teen who died in a tragic road accident are hoping Dublin band Kodaline will get involved in a memorial fund in her honour.

The Melissa Patterson fund only began last week but has already raised €5,000 to help disadvantaged students reach their full potential through sport.

Her heartbroken mother, Carmel Cusack, said she was "overwhelmed" by the response.

"It is unbelievable, people have been so generous and really want to help. It won't bring her back but it may bring some comfort to some children in future," she said.

A large number of fundraising events have also been planned to assist the fund, with organisers now hoping Melissa's favourite band can help out. The teenager was a massive fan of Kodaline, whose song All I Want was played at her funeral.

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"We'd love if they could do anything to help us. Melissa was such a fan and it would be so wonderful if they could acknowledge it in some way," added Carmel.

Melissa (18) died after she was struck by a car on the N60 at Breaffy in Co Mayo on July 30. While the fund is off to a strong start, Carmel is determined to keep the fundraising going.

"I've a long wish list. I've so much I want to do with this fund. Registration fees and transport are just the start. Melissa would have been like that, reaching for the stars. It's wonderful - she would be so proud," she added.

Carmel said she and her family had taken comfort from the outpouring of support around the country.

The Melissa Patterson Memorial Fund has been set up at Bank of Ireland, Castlebar. The sort code is 90 37 44 and the account number is 20757510.

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