Saturday 22 September 2018

'People can feel isolated at Christmas' - Woman to walk 100km to raise €5k for mental health charity

Maria Kelly at Dublin Airport
Maria Kelly at Dublin Airport

A young woman is walking 100km from Dublin Airport to her hometown of Co Offaly to raise funds for a mental health charity.

Maria Kelly from Clara, spent the last 18 months in Boston and wanted to give back to her community.

She now aims to raise over €5,000 to donate to the mental health charity Jigsaw.

“I’ve had a lot of friends that have suffered with mental health issues and who have been greatly helped by the staff at Jigsaw. Christmas is a time where many people, particularly in rural communities like mine, find themselves feeling lonely and isolated,” Maria said.

“This is a small gesture that I can make to raise funds for the service that has helped so many of those close to me."

Maria started her walk yesterday morning after flying into Dublin Airport from Boston.

"Yesterday I walked as far as Maynooth and today I'm in Killygarry. I home I'll be able to make it home tomorrow night.

"I'm enjoying it but I've three blisters and my feet are extremely sore. I hope after a good bath I'll be ready to head out again tomorrow."

So far, Maria has raised more than €4,000.

"I really just want to give something back. Mental Health is so important, especially at Christmas time."

You can donate to the fund here

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