Hundreds expected to walk in memory of Patrick Toland

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A charity fundraising walk in memory of a Derry teenager who died from a rare blood disorder earlier this year will take place this weekend.

Fifteen years-old Patrick Toland, from College Glen, passed away in January of this year just weeks after being diagnosed with Haemophagocytosis.

Patrick’s mum, Helen, will, this Sunday, lead a “Walk For Life” to raise funds for an MRI scanner for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, where the St Columb’s College student was treated in the days before his tragic death.

The charity walk will leave St. Columb’s Park at 2.30 p.m., make its way across the Peace Bridge and along Queen’s Quay to Sainsbury’s.

Hundreds of people - including scores of Patrick’s friends - are expected to take part in the walk.

Helen says getting an MRI scanner for the kids’ hospital at the Royal in Belfast is crucial.

She says that, while the Walk for Life’ event will be an emotional day for lots of people, it’s important to “do something positive for Patrick’s memory.”

“There’s a groundswell of momentum building around it” she said. “Lots of Patrick’s friends from school and elsewhere will be taking part and we hope members of the public will participate and help raise funds for an important cause.”

Sponsorship forms have been circulated in schools across the city and Helen is confident the “Walk for Life” will go some way towards securing a new scanner for the children’s hospital.

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the MRI scanner fund can do so by clicking on http://www.mriscannerappeal.org/