Going the extra mile for Liam's Lodge respite centre

Brendan McCarthy

A BEAUFORT endurance athlete will participate in one of the world's toughest races this weekend and in doing so will raise funds for the development of 'Liam's Lodge', a respite centre for children with rare diseases and genetic disorders to be built in Blennerville.


Father-of-two, Paul Gosney from Ballymalis, will take to the line for the Enduro Man Double Ironman event in Hampshire, UK, on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, where he will face a 4.8-mile long swim, 230-mile bike ride and a 52.8-mile marathon. All donations received by Paul will go towards 'Liam's Lodge' which, when completed in 2015, and will be Ireland's first National Respite Centre for children affected by rare diseases and genetic disorders and their families. Liam's Lodge is a sister charity to Bee for Battens, named after four-year-old Liam Heffernan and is being developed by his parents Tony and Mary Heffernan from Keel, Castlemaine.

Liam suffers from the degenerative condition, Batten Disease, and his sister, Saoirse, passed away aged five in 2011 from the same disease.

An avid athlete, Paul Gosney has previously completed a 112-mile run around the Ring of Kerry in aid of 'Bee for Battens'.

Paul explained why he will participate in the extreme event in support of Liam's Lodge.

"I have been close friends with Tony and Mary Heffernan for many years and I am delighted to be able to help support 'Liam's Lodge'. I hope to raise vital funds for the charity and awareness of this great cause" he said.

Paul, nominated as one of Outsider magazine's 'People of the Year' in 2011, began running marathons and competing in Iron Man challenges 12 years ago.

Coincidentally, Paul will be competing in the Enduroman on World Battens Day, June 1. A free family event will be held by sister charity 'Bee for Battens' that day to mark the occasion at The Kerry Way in Glenflesk and will feature live bands, bouncing castles and other entertainment for all ages.

"We have lots of work to do to build 'Liam's Lodge' by 2015 and we are very grateful that Paul has chosen to support 'Liam's Lodge'. We continue to appeal for support across the county," said Tony Heffernan.

The charity will also see Thomas Bubendorfer from Killorglin running an incredible ten marathons in ten days for the charity in July.

Anyone wishing to support Paul can do so by donating online at www.beeforbattens.org/donate or www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/10895_going-long-for-liams-lodge.html.


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