‘Billy is a very special boy who has touched my heart’

A big-hearted Derry teenager has dedicated herself to saving the life of a boy she has never met.

Orla Wilson was so moved by the story of 11-year-old Billy Caldwell, who needs a brain operation to combat severe epilepsy, she has devoted all her spare time to helping hit his £300,000 fundraising target.

The 16-year-old gets up at 5.30am every Sunday, while other teenagers are asleep in their beds, to go to a charity car boot sale in Greysteel. She has also used her pocket money to buy purple ribbons and pins which she is making into charity badges.

Billy, who is from Castlederg, suffers from two life threatening forms of epilepsy and has daily seizures, any one of which could kill him. He is currently in Los Angles with his mother Christine where he is being assessed by world class doctors.

Orla found out about Billy when her mum Christine Wilson’s employer, domiciliary care company ‘Glen Caring’ began fundraising for him.


“She looked him up on the computer and she came off it in tears,” said Mrs Wilson.

“She had never met him but all she talks about is how she can help Billy. She’ll come home from work and get her homework done and then she’ll she what she can do for Billy.”

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