Tuesday 22 January 2019

Team Invictus celebrate raising over €32,000 for LauraLynn

The final fantastic fundraising total is in as Team Invictus celebrate raising over €32,000 for LauraLynn Children's Hospice after participating in the Race Around Ireland cycling event in honour of the memory of Coast Guard winchman, Ciaran Smith who was lost at sea off the Mayo coast following the tragic accident that befell the crew of Rescue Helicopter 116.

The team made up of Ciaran's friends, colleagues and family, including his wife, Martina have revealed their extraordinary efforts in the gruelling four-day, non-stop cycle race has all been worthwhile after raising €32,433.16 for Ciaran and Martina's favourite charity, the LauraLynn Children's Hospice.

Each of the members of the team made it safely to the finish of the epic race and each had their own deeply personal motivations for what they achieved but collectively they kept Ciaran's legacy alive and honoured an extraordinary man in the most fitting way possible, completing a race that he loved and that he completed in an awe-inspiring solo effort.

Team Invictus raised a lot of money for a wonderful charity and anyone involved in the effort, in whatever way, deserves to be mightily proud of the whole enterprise.

Sid Lawrence, who took part in the effort and who came up with the idea to take on the challenge thanked Pilsen Skoda who donated two vehicles to the effort to sponsors, NEUDEA, L&M Keating Construction, AIB Corporate, and the Irish Fair Door Company. Ciaran's community in Oldtown, Rolestown and Swords also weighed in behind the effort in extraordinary ways and were huge contributors to the total raised by team Invictus and Sid thanked them all sincerely.

Team Invictus were made up of riders, Martina Smith, Kevin, Gary and Padraig Brennan, Eoin Murphy, Richie Desay, Dave Richardson and Sid Lawrence. The support crew were Aidan Brennan, Alan Gallagher, Ciaran Murphy and Ann Fox with Lorcan Brerton and Emma Desay providing valuable support back on the home front.

Fingal Independent