Friday 23 August 2019

Army are out in force for charity

Hubert Murphy

Big-hearted members of the Defence Forces took to the streets of Drogheda last week to fundraise for Temple Street Hospital - and as part of a rugged training exercise!

Up to 40 soldiers with full 25kg pack marched from Drogheda to Gormanston army camp for Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The 56th Recruit Platoon conducted the 13km loaded charity Run for the hospital as a way of saying thanks for the great care given to their little hero Caitlin Neary.

Her dad is a member of the Defence Forces and the hospital gave Caitlin great care when she was getting treatment.

Sgt Simon Halpenny from Ardee - also a noted local referee - headed up the event with a bucket collection helping to swell the fundraising.

The soldiers, standing outside St Peter's, drew some curious looks before heading off down Shop Street.

The soldiers raised thousands as a result of their efforts.

It was also a notable day for them as the event marked their final training exercise - after 16 weeks - on their road to becoming privates.

Drogheda Independent