Cathal’s heartfelt thanks for £11k charity donations

Cathal Mullin and his wife Elaine after the Liverpool Half Marathon.

Cathal Mullin and his wife Elaine after the Liverpool Half Marathon.

A Limavady man has paid heartfelt thanks to the people who helped him raise £11,000 for charity.

Cathal Mullin ran the Liverpool Half Marathon earlier this year in support of Marie Curie.

The Limavady man was inspired to help the charity after his father-in-law, Danny McVeigh, passed away on 21st September 2015 after “a short, but admirable battle” with an aggressive brain tumour.

Cathal said he witnessed first-hand the amazing work at the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast. He said, along with his wife Elaine, he saw the level of care Marie Curie provides to both the patients and their wider families.”

For that reason, Cathal laced up his trainers and fundraised for the charity. Initially, he had a target of £6,000, which he said is equivalent to the cost to run the Marie Curie Hospice for a day.

However, Cathal admits he is overwhelmed at the final tally - an impressive £11,009.28.

“I was surprised as I almost doubled what I had set out to raise. People were very generous and I want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who made a donation.

“There were people who even posted money to me,” said Cathal.

“Marie Curie is one of those charities people are familiar with, and they know the good work they do so, in a sense, it was easy to fundraise for them.”

Cathal said the money raised will bring so many benefits, adding: “It really is a heartfelt thanks to everyone.”

As for the Liverpool Half Marathon, Cathal finished in 2 hours and 4 minutes.

The Limavady man says he’s still running, but just for fun.

Marie Curie support people living with any terminal illness, and their families. They offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.

Marie Curie says £20 pays for them to nurse someone with a terminal illness for one hour.

For information visit their website at www.mariecurie.org.uk