Charity walk in honour of Peggy and Casper
THE family of the tragic Alzheimer's sufferer Peggy Mangan, who was found dead five days after she went missing, are organising a charity walk in memory of the late woman and her loyal pet dog Casper.
The 'Walk for Peggy and Casper', organised by the Peggy Mangan Foundation, is hoping to raise awareness and funds to support Alzheimer's and missing persons in Ireland.
The 12km walk is set to take place tomorrow and will follow the same route that the tragic grandmother took when she went missing in September.
The Mangan family said that they are trying to ensure that "something good" will come from Peggy's passing, and that tomorrow's walk will be "a fundraiser as much as it is about raising awareness about Alzheimer's and missing persons.
"It was only afterwards that we realised how many people are affected by Alzheimer's.
"And we only realised then as well how many resources are actually available to search for missing persons," her son-in-law Darragh Lynch added.
The walk will depart Mount Jerome in Harold's Cross at noon and will follow the same route through Phibsboro that Peggy took with her pet dog Casper, toward Ballymun.
The 65-year-old grandmother was found dead five days after she left her home in grassland near the Ikea store.
Casper, her pet Cavalier King Charles, died shortly after he was found, after standing guard over Peggy's body for several days.
The popular Terenure woman's disappearance sparked a huge search, and the family were assisted by 150 volunteers from all over the country, including the cast of Brendan O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown's Boys', as she had encountered their movie set on her final journey.
The family said that all are welcome to join the walk at any stage, and that dogs are also welcome.
Further details of the sponsored walk are available at www.peggymangan.ie.