HUNDREDS of drawings and hand-made cards have been pouring in from children to help their beloved lollipop lady recover after she was viciously assaulted in Carlow town and left with head injuries.
Laura Gates from St Killian’s Crescent, Carlow has been recovering in St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny since she was randomly attacked on Sunday 25 June. She never got a chance to say goodbye to the youngsters from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál or St Joseph’s NS before the schools broke up for the summer holidays so now they’re sending Laura their best wishes in hand-made cards, letters and drawings. A special post box has been set up in Hosey’s Post Office at Staplestown Road, Carlow so that Laura’s daughters Melissa and Chloe can deliver them to her.
“So many of the children wanted to send cards and drawings to mammy; I think the more colourful they are, the better,” Melissa told The Nationalist. “We’ll keep them all for her.”
The Gates family are deeply appreciative of the people who attended a candle-lit vigil at the Liberty Tree in Carlow town last Monday night. Despite the teeming rain, hundreds of people turned up to show their support.
“Someone said to me at the vigil that Mammy, as a lollipop lady, had to go out in the rain all the time to look after the children and now they were out in the rain to help her. We’d like to thank everyone who turned up … we couldn’t believe the crowd. It’s nice to know that everyone is rooting for her,” Melissa pointed out.
A GoFundMe page called Tell Laura we love her has also been set up to help with the cost of Laura’s future rehabilitation and care. At the moment, she’s in a critical condition and is still on a ventilator.
“Mammy can open her eyes but she’s not responsive. She has a long road to go yet,” said Melissa.