‘Back on the original trail’ for charity lorry pull challenge

Dungiven & Feeny Committee for Cancer Research UK are gearing up for their annual charity lorry pull.

Dungiven & Feeny Committee for Cancer Research UK are gearing up for their annual charity lorry pull.

A local cancer charity group, which has raised close to £300,000 since it was formed 23 years ago, is hoping its next big fund raiser will pull strong support.

Chairperson of the Dungiven and Feeny Local Committee of Cancer Research UK, Anne Marie O’Hagan, said: “It’s all systems go with ‘The Great Glenshane Lorry Pull’ which is back with a vengeance.

“This year we are back on the original trail, from Dungiven to The Ponderosa, the highest pub in Ireland. We are delighted to say that now we can really keep our fundraising efforts local as all money raised is going directly to the new cancer centre at Altnagelvin,”

It was at a recent conference that volunteers heard from Dr Allan Jordan, Head of Chemistry at the CRUK Manchester Institute, Drug Discovery Unit, and the work he is currently doing to beat cancer.

“At the end of his talk, Dr. Jordan threw down a challenge to all the groups attending. He gave each committee a £2 coin and asked all to go away and see how much they could turn this coin into by the end of December. Dungiven and Feeny local committee have taken on the challenge and using Cancer Research UK’s slogan of the moment Right Now’ and we are actively planning to run The Great Glenshane Lorry Pull.”

Once again, they are following the original trail from Dungiven up to the Ponderosa, the highest pub in Ireland, a distance of eight and a half miles.

Mrs O’Hagan said all funds raised will go towards the new Health and Wellbeing Campus at Altnagelvin which opens in October.

“We are looking forward to what promises to be a great day and would like to thank the management of the Ponderosa who have already been so supportive. There will be entertainment food and craic awaiting at the finishing line.

“So, please come along , offer your support and make this a memorable fund raising day which will see us meet the challenge thrown down by Dr. Allen Jordan.”