Magee family draw strength from community after tragedy


The late Thomas Magee

AS they face their first Christmas without him, the family of young Thomas Magee, who lost his life in a tragic accident earlier this year, are looking to the future by helping other children in need. 
Four-year-old Thomas from Greenhill Road in Maguiresbridge, died at the family farm on the evening of April 6th in an incident involving a digger. 
Eight months on his heartbroken parents David and Jackie are drawing strength from their daughters, Emily (8) and two-year-old Lucianna.
Emily has been working very hard since she lost Thomas, raising money to make other little children’s wishes become reality through the Make a Wish Foundation. She is aiming to raise £10,000 in his name and has already raised £8,000 from a coffee morning at her school, Maguiresbridge Primary, in June. 
Now they are aiming to reach their full target by holding a Trek for Thomas this New Year’s Eve. At 1pm tomorrow (December 31st), walkers will gather at the Glens Cottage to embark on a walk through Gortin Glen Forest Park, beginning at 1.30pm.                 
“Doing the fundraising walk is a nice way to end the year and to start 2018 in a positive way,” said Jackie. “We hope it will be well supported.
“Emily is determined to make something good out of something sad and to help sick children. She is a real inspiration. She makes us remember how lucky we are to have two beautiful little girls, even though we have lost a very precious little boy,” Jackie added. 
“People have been amazing and we have met other couples who have tragically lost children and have been a wonderful support. They know exactly how we feel and how difficult this time of year is,” Jackie added. 
There will be several walks on the day for all abilities, a walk for children, a shorter walk and a longer walk. Afterwards there will be hotdogs, soup, tea, coffee and snacks for everyone in the Gortin Glen House. Registration is at 1pm and the walks will start at 1.30pm. 
To donate towards the Trek for Thomas, visit

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Emily Magee (9) from Maguiresbridge was among the unsung heroes honoured at the awards evening in Belfast.

Little Thomas Magee tragically lost his life last week

Tragedy occurred on a farm in the Maguiresbridge area at around 8.30pm on Thursday night


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