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Monday 25 June 2018

Walkers brave the elements with 5k walk for Hospice

Some of the walkers who took part in the 5K Walk/Run, in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare, which started at the home of John and Mary Foley, Knockduff, Ballindaggin
Some of the walkers who took part in the 5K Walk/Run, in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare, which started at the home of John and Mary Foley, Knockduff, Ballindaggin

Pádraig Byrne

While weather conditions were far from perfect, a group of some 30 walkers didn't let the rain dampen their spirit as they took part in a 5km charity walk in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare.

The walk was organised by and got under way from the home of John and Mary Foley of Knockduff, Ballindaggin. The pair were determined to raise as much money as possible for this great local cause which helps countless people suffering from cancer across the county. The walk went out as far as Castledockrell Windfarm before returning to the house where people enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat.

'We were delighted with how things went, considering the weather,' said John. 'We walkers from the age of 8 right up to 80. One of walkers was being treated for cancer and was going for chemotherapy that week. We got a good response. In total, on the day, we collected €500 and we're still waiting on a bit of money to come back as well.'

As well as this, there was the donation of a ewe which will hopefully be sold for around €150 and will further bolster the pot.

'We've been guaranteed that every penny collected will go directly to pay the nurses looking after people dying from cancer,' said John. 'That was important for us and we wanted to help as many people as we could.'

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