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Final preparations underway for charity sponsored walk 'Crossing Bridges'

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Final preparations underway for charity sponsored walk 'Crossing Bridges' thumbnailRev Declan Boland and Mark Lennox lending their support to this weekend's sponsored walk in support of Bowel Cancer UK. They are pictured with organsier, Deirdre Campbell. The walk begins on Sunday at 10am at the Fir Trees Hotel.

FINAL preparations are underway this week ahead of a sponsored walk taking place in the town this weekend in aid of Bowel Cancer UK.

Strabane woman, Deirdre Campbell, who has survived two cancer diagnoses in recent years - bowel cancer and skin cancer - is organising the fundraising event. She is urging local people to support it.

Named 'Crossing Bridges', the walk begins at 10am on Sunday at the Fir Trees Hotel and will see participants finish back where they started.

Deirdre says she is hopeful that the event, which is also in memory of those who lost their lives to the disease, will be well supported and will save lives.

She says that any money raised will be spent in Northern Ireland on cancer patients and education about bowel cancer.†

Speaking ahead of the event, Deirdre said: "The event will begin with a few minutes silence in respect to those who have lost their lives to bowel cancer and in respect to their loved ones.

"As the time gets closer for the walk, I wish to thank communities and individuals who have supported me during the organising of the event.

"As we are all aware cancer doesn't differentiate between colour, creed or gender or age and comes like a thief in the night when you least expect it.

"The walk is mainly aimed at raising awareness of the disease and raising funds which will be used in Northern Ireland and also on research."

The walk will leave from the Fir Trees and continue via KFC and return via the Melmount Road.

Deirdre added: "My hope and desire is that the walk will be family-friendly, with mums and dads, their babies in prams and the toddlers enjoying the fun.

"It is also an event where teenagers will show their care for family, friends and loved ones."

Strabane's Special Olympics champion two silver medal swimmer, Nuala Browne, will also be on hand with Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maoliosa McHugh, to send walkers on their way.

"Please remember that safety is paramount. Sponsor sheets and donations will be collected in the Fir Trees by Colm Gallagher, manager of SuperValu," Deirde added.

Bowel cancer is the UKÝs second biggest cancer killer, and yet it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer.

For more information on bowel cancer, log onto www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

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