Brave little Riley is the inspiration for couple’s 24-hour fast

Bob, Anne and Riley Moss.

Bob, Anne and Riley Moss.

BRAVE little Riley Moss, born with a congenital heart condition that requires 24 hour care was the inspiration behind a local couple’s extraordinary challenge.

Anne and Bob Lavery, along with friends of the Moss family took part recently in a 24 hour fast and in doing so, helped raise £1,645 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.


Five-year-old Riley from Enniskillen, requires 24 hour care, seven days a week because of her complex medical needs and receives Hospice Care at Horizon West Children’s Hospice in Fermanagh. Having been friends with the Moss family for many years, Ann and Bob have seen first-hand the difficulties faced by Riley and her family from an early age. Speaking about her condition, Ann explained:

“Riley was born with a congenital heart condition and spent months in hospital receiving treatment. As doctors looked after her, it soon became apparent that she had complex medical needs, resulting in numerous surgeries and a lot of time in and out of hospital over the course of her four short years. Today, Riley requires 24 hour care, seven days a week, which is primarily taken on by her mother, Teresa.”
She continued:

“When Riley got the opportunity to attend the Horizon West Children’s Hospice, we couldn’t believe the difference it made to her parents Teresa and Sean. It enabled them to spend time with one another and the rest of the family, whilst knowing that Riley was being well looked after.

“What amazes us is that despite her daily struggles and medical issues, she is such a happy little girl who is always smiling and laughing. We have seen how much the staff at the Hospice have done for Riley and her family, which is why we wanted to support Horizon West by taking on this challenge.”

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Organisers have added a challenging 5K run which will be chip-timed for all competitive runners

The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice provides care, support and friendship to local families.


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