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Conquer Northern Ireland’s highest peak in the name of charity

by • August 30, 2018 • Events, FeaturedComments (0)2184

Action Cancer is calling on men, women and children across Northern Ireland to lace up their walking boots and take on the Climb Slieve Donard Challenge on Saturday 15th September to save lives and support local people affected by cancer.

Setting off from Donard Park, participants will trek through Donard Wood and follow the Glen River to reach the formidable Mourne Wall which will guide the way to the summit and Northern Ireland’s highest peak. Experienced and fully qualified mountain guides will lead the trek ensuring a safe and enjoyable day out for all. With everyone safely returned to Donard Park, participants can then enjoy complimentary hot food and refreshments in Hugh McCanns to celebrate their achievement.

Speaking on behalf of Action Cancer, Lucy McCusker, and Corporate Fundraising Manager commented:

“The Slieve Donard Climb is a great event for people of all ages. SuperValu provides invaluable support to Action Cancer throughout the year through their sponsorship of the Big Bus and we are delighted to have their support for this event.

“Whether you want to test your own limits, challenge your colleagues to an active team-building event or simply gather friends and family for a fun day out – the Slieve Donard Climb offers something for everyone.

“The cost to register for the event is £25 and we are asking participants to raise just £80 in sponsorship. While we can’t guarantee good weather on the day, we can guarantee that every penny raised by event participants will go towards the delivery of Action Cancer’s services which help save lives and support local people affected by cancer.”

The Climb Slieve Donard event is open to organisations, groups and individuals and offers a fantastic opportunity for men, women and children over the age of 11 to help a local charity and support those with cancer. Aedin Hoey from Newcastle has completed many Action Cancer events and looks forward to putting her feet to the test on Northern Ireland’s highest peak, she commented:


“Action Cancer is a charity that is very close to my heart and one that offers immeasurable support to patients and families across Northern Ireland who are affected by cancer.


“It wasn’t until my family had to face cancer that I learned of the extensive work Action Cancer carries out in Northern Ireland, particularly their support and therapeutic services for families affected by cancer. I benefitted directly from these services and I want to help ensure that others can benefit too which is why I continue to support the charity and its events.


“Slieve Donard is a great challenge for all ages or fitness levels and I would encourage anyone to take part in this event to help raise funds for Action Cancer and the vital work they do throughout Northern Ireland.”


Every year Action Cancer provides a range of cancer detection, prevention and support services across Northern Ireland which costs £4m annually to fund. The unique breast screening service delivered by Action Cancer is available to women aged 40 – 49 and over 70 who fall outside the NHS screening range (50-70).

The local charity provides therapeutic support in the form of counselling and complementary therapy to those living with cancer or supporting a loved one with their diagnosis which is available to both adults and children from age five. A peer mentoring service is also available for people dealing with their diagnosis. Other therapeutic support services include acupuncture, scar therapy, physiotherapy, yoga and Pilates, one-to-one and group life coaching and educational events.

Action Cancer works closely with schools throughout the Province to deliver a Health Promotion Programme, raising awareness of how to minimise the risk of cancer through practical health and lifestyle choices and M.O.T. health checks.

The Health Promotion Programme, M.O.T health checks and breast screening services are made available to everyone at Action Cancer House in Belfast and regionally in selected venues across the country or on the Action Cancer Big Bus, which is supported by Supervalu and its independent retailers.

For further information on the Climb Slieve Donard event contact Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 or email

Pic: SuperValu Store Manager for Newcastle, Gary Elliot, along with Supervalu employee Jane Kearney and Action Cancer trekker Aedin Hoey prepare to take on Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest peak, in the name of charity.



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