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Sunday 21 July 2019

Sisters are up for the challenge

Sisters, Helen Thompson and Paula OShaughnessy (nee Walsh) from Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy, who completed Debra Ireland's Kerry Challenge.
Sisters, Helen Thompson and Paula OShaughnessy (nee Walsh) from Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy, who completed Debra Ireland's Kerry Challenge.

Brendan Keane

Two sisters from Enniscorthy town have successfully completed a gruelling three-day trek challenge in Kerry to raise money for Debra Ireland, a charity that works with people affected by butterfly skin.

Helen Thompson and Paula O'Shaughnessy, whose maiden name is Walsh, are from Duffry Hill.

They were among those who took part in the recent Debra Ireland Kerry Challenge which saw them spend three days trekking through the beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

Debra Ireland supports people living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa) which is often referred to as 'butterfly skin'.

A rare and incredibly painful genetic condition it causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.

Helen and Paula were among 120 participants from all over Ireland who participated in the event.

The challenge is open to everyone from seasoned runners to first time amblers and the sisters were delighted to give their support to the charity.

They said it was good to get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people affected by EB.

In the event teams and individuals can walk or run between 10km and 25km a day over two or three days in the beautiful but rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula.

All profits raised from the event will go directly to the charity which supports around 300 people in Ireland living with EB.

Debra Ireland provides day-to-day help and support for EB patients and their families and it also funds research programmes to find better treatments and ultimately possible cures for the condition and how it affects people.

There are currently no treatments or cure for EB.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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