The Ardee & District Cancer Support Group raised almost €11,000 during the summer as part of their 1000km Charity Run & Walk – and showed community spirit in the mid-Louth town lives on this week, kindly donating half of their fundraising proceeds to the Hospice.
A total of €10,750 was raised in July and that figure was split in half, with proceeds shared between the Cancer Support Group and the local Hospice. Members of both organisations were present at Ardee Credit Union on Wednesday September 23 as the cheque was officially presented to the Hospice.
Kathleen McKenny, Treasurer of Ardee Hospice and Maura Carroll, Secretary of Ardee Hospice accepted the cheque from Ardee & District Cancer Support Group members Breda McKenny and Rachel Quirke.
As well as fundraising through individuals and small groups tackling the 1000km run and walk, the group also received generous donations and sponsorships from local companies, as well as organisations such as Hunterstown Rovers.
The Ardee & District Cancer Support Group was founded in late 2018 when a group of people within the mid-Louth community who were living with a cancer diagnosis or had recently been living with cancer realised there was a need for additional supports in the community.
The organisation aims to provide improved care and support for those in the community living with cancer or any other serious illness – as well as their families and caregivers. The Ardee & District Cancer Support Group aim to provide a house in mid-Louth that will act as a centre for users to access services easily and within their own community.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation were developing a fundraising plan and when lockdown was lifted, they organised a 1000km Charity Run & Walk, in which participants were urged to run or walk a combined 1,000 kilometres. In total, 1,536km were traversed for the charitable causes.
The event was such a success, it is now planned that it will become an annual event.