Going the extra mile for Kerry hospice charity

Story by Sally Harding

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 3:44pm

Going the extra mile for Kerry hospice charity

Great Irish Marathon group

A group of friends from Kerry are preparing to take on The Great Irish Marathon, in aid of Kerry Hospice Foundation and they are looking for your support. The 14 runners will undertake 26 miles in 26 counties in 26 hours – a mile in every county – on June 21st and 22nd to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

They expect to be passing Newgrange for their 'Meath Mile' at approximately 8.45pm on June 21st and are encouraging people in the area to run with the group in solidarity with those affected by cancer. 

The unique fundraiser was set up is in memory of Patsy O’Keeffe, a mother of one of our runners, who sadly passed away last November after a very brave fight with cancer. All funds raised will go towards the construction of an additional 12-15 inpatient bed unit at their existing day care facility in Tralee. The group also hopes to raise awareness of Palliative Care around the country.

A spokesperson for the marathon said: "We have all been affected by cancer in some form or another. We hope to raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation who provide palliative care to those who are affected by life-threatening illnesses. We would be thrilled if the people of Meath came out to support us."

The group will be meeting at the Boyne Currach Heritage Centre, however, the time mentioned above is VERY APPROXIMATE due to traffic etc en route, regular updates on their journey can be found on the Great Irish Marathon Facebook Page. 

If you would like to make a donation to the Great Irish Marathon follow this link