Charity walk in tribute to Peggy
THE family and friends of tragic Dublin grandmother Peggy Mangan are retracing her steps in a sponsored walk to raise funds for Alzheimer's charities and missing persons in Ireland.
Alzheimer's sufferer Peggy (65) and her dog Casper were found in Ballymun in September after they went missing from her Harold's Cross home four days before.
Despite intensive searches, it was too late for Peggy when she was eventually found in a field near an Ikea store.
Her loyal Cavalier King Charles companion, Casper, died shortly afterwards.
On Saturday December 14, the Peggy Mangan Foundation will be having a sponsored walk from Mount Jerome in Harold's Cross, to Ikea in Ballymun to help raise awareness and funds in supporting charities and trying to prevent a repeat of the tragedy. Members of the public are being invited to join in and register online to help the cause.
The walkers will leave Mount Jerome at 12pm and trek the route Peggy and Casper took to Ikea.
Anyone participating is welcome to join and leave the walk at any stage, and all pets are welcome in honour of Casper.
Peggy was a familiar sight in Harold's Cross as she regularly walked Casper, but on September 24 she failed to return home, sparking the search for the popular local.
CCTV footage, as well as a chance meeting with the crew of Mrs Brown's Boys filming a movie in the city, showed she had travelled towards town.
She had been spotted on CCTV in the Lanesborough area of Finglas at around 10pm on the day of her disappearance.
Her family sought help after she failed to return home. Gardai trawled CCTV footage and the streets, while 150 volunteers helped to comb nearby parklands.
Peggy had set off without cash, her phone or a bus pass and it is believed she walked nine kilometres to the spot in Ballymun, where she was found four days later.
Further details of the sponsored walk are available at www.peggymangan.ie.