A Portadown limo company has pulled out all the stops to give a nine-year-old girl recovering from a brain tumour a day to remember.
I Do Wedding Cars and Limo Hire on the Mahon Road provided a chauffeur-driven limousine to take Ballymena girl Molly Taylor and her family to meet her heroes, One Direction, in Belfast last week.
Molly was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumour, in 2014 and last Thursday her dreams came true when she met her band heroes before their gig at the SSE Arena.
And the local limo company, owned by Keith Ratcliffe, played a major part in making the whole day a truly memorable one for the plucky schoolgirl, her sister Ellie and their mum Lisa.
The limousine, driven by Portadown man Robert Hazelton, was a surprise for the Ahoghill girl, who has recently been given the all-clear following a scan.
I Do was one of five companies contacted by Amanda White - who knew the Taylor family through Irish dancing festivals - but was the only one to reply.
And instead of offering their services at a reduced rate, which is what Amanda had originally hoped, they said they would do it completely free of charge and take Molly both to and from the venue.
Said Amanda, “When I heard One Direction were going to meet Molly, I decided that we should try and make it even more special so I thought I would hold a coffee morning, a quiz night, just anything to raise the money to send Molly, Ellie and Lisa, off in style that night and price how much a limo would cost.
“Only one company replied to my email, and what they said blew me away. Keith from I Do Wedding Cars not only wanted to take them to the concert but he wanted to return them home again afterwards and the fee would be nothing!
“The company is from the Portadown area, which is quite a bit to travel, but to say they have been amazing is an understatement.”
Owner Keith Ratcliffe, who has three daughters himself, said he was pleased to have been able to help. “I have been told the wee girl, Molly, was over the moon,” he said.
And it’s not the first time the company has helped sick children with I Do offering their services on average seven or eight times a year, through charities such as the Make-a -Wish Foundation.