Lorraine will run marathon to help flooded playgroup

Lorraine McGrinder.

PLUMBRIDGE woman Lorraine McGrinder has vowed to complete the Dublin marathon tomorrow to raise funds for a flooded local playgroup.

In an effort to help contribute towards costs for new premises for the Jack and Jill Playgroup, Lorraine will run the full 26.2 mile stretch of the Dublin Marathon on October 29, backed by donations from the local community and further afield.


“I am looking forward to taking part in the marathon but I’m also a little nervous,” she said.

“I completed my first ever marathon in Derry back in June, so I feel I should be well prepared enough to finish the race. In a marathon, it is important to pick a pace and stick to it.”

Running a marathon has always been an ambition for Lorraine, and with the added incentive of raising money for the flooded playgroup she jumped at the chance to once again don the running shoes.

“I am glad to be doing my part to help with the playgroup’s fundraising effort. My challenge has been well supported by our own members from Lifford and Strabane runners and the general public have been incredibly supportive.”

According to Lorraine, substantial fundraising is still required to reach the goal of purchasing a port-a-cabin for the playgroup.

“Our goal is expensive, and we have a lot of work to do, although every little helps.

“In general I have been blown away the community spirit in Plumbridge following the disaster.”



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