Orlagh Wilson, from Derry, a sixth-year student at St Cecilia's College has been relentlessly fundraising for the ‘Keep Billy Alive’ campaign since 2016 after reading about the little boy’s plight. ‘Keep Billy Alive’ is an event hosted in Donegal to support eleven-year-old Billy Caldwell, who has uncontrollable epilepsy and is being treated with cannabis.
Raising money through bucket collections and raffles at events throughout Ireland, Orlagh has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the charity supporting runs, walks and holding her own event where she met Billy for the first time. Following this meeting, Orlagh walked 150 miles from Castlederg, Co Tyrone to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, over seven days with Billy and his Mum. Orlagh has now taken on a new challenge to raise awareness of Billy’s new charity ‘Billy’s Bud’ allowing people to sponsor a bud and receive access to special oils to help ease their suffering.
“Orlagh is a shining example to us all and a superb role model for students in our school. She has been single handily instrumental in keeping a little boy alive and has formed a close bond with Billy, visiting him at home every weekend. Orlagh has demonstrated to all of us the power one good person can have and she truly deserves this recognition,” said school Principal, Martine Mulhern.<< Back to 2018 National Honoureers