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Cycle in aid of two deserving charities

Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014 1:39pm
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Cycle in aid of two deserving charities

Kevin Bell’s father Collie and brother Sean showing off the Signed Jersey with Irish Rugby Star Rory Best auctioned at a recent fundraising event for the KBT.

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Cyclists from North and South of the border take to the roads of Cavan to fundraise for two charities, The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund (KBRF), on Saturday 12th July. Two route options 30K and 100k. Entry fee is €20 for 30K and €30 for 100k.

Registration from 9.30am on the day in St Anne’s Park, Shercock Road, Baileborough. Contact 087 715 2512 or 086 339 3327 for more information.

Ted Sheridan passed away almost six years from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in his memory his family decided to organise a cycle in his memory which is now in its sixth year. A family member said: 'We wanted to do something to help the charity. They gave us all the help Dad needed when he was sick and they were very helpful to our family. Monies raised through these cycles will be going straight to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.'

MND is a progressive neurological condition that leaves people unable to do the everyday things that the rest of us take for granted. Walking, talking and swallowing may become virtually impossible. MND strikes people of all ages and there is no cure. The IMNDA is a national charity providing specialized services for people affected by this debilitating disease such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by MND Nurse Specialists. In order to provide these vital services the IMNDA depends heavily on the generosity of the public and supporters of the association who generate over 85% of its income. Without events like these the IMNDA just could not provide the services and facilitates to those living with MND in Ireland.

The second charity to benefit from this great event is The Kevin Bell RepatriationTrust (KBRT) was set up by the family and friends of 26 year old Kevin Bell from Newry, Co Down, who died in a hit and run accident in America in June 2013. The aim of KBRT is to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body (bodies) of loved one(s) who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland. In 12 short months KBRT has gone on to help the families of 30 people who have lost loved ones abroad from various locations across the country – north and south of the border.

Puictured below are cyclists,  committee, volunteers and the Sheridan family at a previous cycle. 

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