Cross the bridges to raise money for cancer charity

Grace McDermott, Niamh McDaid (Bowel Cancer UK), Mayor Maolisa McHugh, Deirdre Campbell and Michaela Boyle MLA.

A CANCER survivor is this week urging people to take part in a sponsored walk which is due to take place next month.

Strabane woman, Deirdre Campbell who survived two cancer diagnoses in recent years – bowel cancer and skin cancer – says that it is her “dearest wish” that as a result of the walk lives will be saved.

The fundraiser in aid of Bowel Cancer UK will take place on Sunday, September 24 at 10am starting out from Lifford Bridge.

“We are also remembering those who have been lost to bowel cancer and to raise awareness and fundraise for the charity,” Deirdre said. “As someone who has experienced the disease, I am very aware of the devastation that it brings, not only to the patients themselves but also to their friends and family.”

Next month’s walk has been dubbed, ‘Crossing Bridges’, and will take in the rest of the town’s spannings of the Mourne. 

Organiser of the event, Deirdre also revealed that any monies raised will be spent in Northern Ireland on cancer patients and education about the disease.

“Gone are the days where people are embarrassed by their own bodies,” Deirdre continued. “I urge people to see their doctor if their are concerned in any way.

“It is my dearest wish that as a result of the walk precious lives will be saved from all communities with your generous donations.”

Sponsorsheets for Crossing the Bridges are now available from SuperValu in Strabane.

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