Foot-blistering challenge for Deputy Mayor

Colin McCusker with others who are to take part in a challenge to raise money for cancer INLM31 001
Colin McCusker with others who are to take part in a challenge to raise money for cancer INLM31 001

IT might be a foot-blistering 26 mile challenge but Deputy Mayor Colin McCusker is determined to raise cash for children with cancer.

Cllr McCusker, along with his wife Anne-Louise are to take part in one of the most scenic marathons in the world next month.

The Challenge is to walk 26 miles following paths, tracks and the coastline of the Causeway Coast Way.

The event is organised by 26 Extreme who will offer support and feeding stations around the course.

The route passes through stunning coastline scenery with exquisite views of wide bays, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and offshore rocks.

Cllr McCusker said: “My wife has taken part in one of the other 26 extreme challenges, the Mourne Way marathon, and she has been asking me to take part in a similar event for a couple of years.

“When I was made aware of the ‘Homes from Home’ appeal, I decided to help raise money for this charity as part of my year as Deputy Mayor, as well as taking up the challenge laid down by my wife,”he told the Mail.

“This is a very worthwhile local Appeal which will provide much needed accommodation for families in Northern Ireland.

“With just 9 weeks left my training for the event is underway and we have our little helpers to motivate us and push us on,” said Cllr McCusker.

When a child or young person in Northern Ireland is diagnosed with cancer, families can travel an average of up to 500 miles a week to access the treatment they need. They already face a huge emotional and financial strain with a cancer diagnosis without the added stress of travel. CLIC Sargent in Northern Ireland aims to ease that burden by building free, self-catering accommodation close to the two main Belfast hospitals, for families when their child is getting treatment for cancer.

Fundraising Manager Gemma McCallan said: “The Deputy Mayor and his wife, Anne-Louise, are certainly taking on a challenge for CLIC Sargent and we are very grateful for their support. Their fundraising efforts will go towards the Homes from Home Appeal which will be a fantastic resource for families in Northern Ireland. We wish them both the best of luck and look forward to hearing all about it when they return!”

To find out more about CLIC Sargent and the Homes from Home appeal please visit www.clicsargent.org.uk