Like father, like son and even grandson

Hospice founder Dr Tom McGinley with son Ciaran and grandsons Conor aged 13 and Cormac aged 9.

Hospice founder Dr Tom McGinley with son Ciaran and grandsons Conor aged 13 and Cormac aged 9.

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These are the four Derry men who are on a mission to ensure that you’re never too old or young to get moving.

The McGinley men - Tom, Ciaran, Conor and Cormac are proof that whether you are 9 or perhaps a little older, exercise is for all ages.

And they’re encouraging local men to sign up for the Foyle Hospice Male Walk/Run on September 25

Dr. Tom McGinley, founder of Foyle Hospice says: ‘I have enjoyed an active life having been a keen runner for most of my adult life. My daily exercise regime is still very important to me. Foyle Hospice’s first walk in 1983 saw our first real fundraising effort, that year 1,300 local females took part in the Female Walk, today there are close to 5,000 participants. It is our hope that the Male Walk can benefit from increased participants, we are appealing to the male community to join us this year to help us reach our target of 1,000 registrations.’

Tom’s son Ciaran, who recently started running again says ‘I enjoy being active but all too often family and work commitments make it difficult to make time for exercise. During the summer months I made a point of running again, it has taken me a while to build up my stamina again but my goal of being able to complete the Male Run in 50 minutes is spurring me on. I feel huge benefits from running three times a week. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of registering for this year’s event to do it now and come and enjoy not only the challenge but atmosphere along the way.’

Ciaran’s sons Conor aged 13 and Cormac aged 9 enjoy the annual challenge. Conor is hoping to reach a personal goal of 25 minutes while Cormac enjoys the craic along the way.

Dr. McGinley reminds us the reason for the fundraising event saying ‘Foyle Hospice is here because of the commitment of the local community who have supported the Hospice movement in the North West for the past 25 years. To guarantee that we continue providing this vital services to our patients and their families dealing with terminal illnesses and to ensure for future generations will have access to this service we need to fill our annual funding gap of £2.2 million. Our services are provided free of charge so every penny you raise will help us to provide essential care for our patients. Your donation could buy something as small as heat pads ranging from £15 - £45 but which are very useful in relieving our patients’ localised pain because very often they are bedridden for long periods of time.’

Registration could not be easier. If this is your first time simply contact the Fundraising Centre by phoning (028) 71 359 888 or by email fundraising@foylehospice.com. Alternatively you can download the Registration Form from our new website www.foylehospice.com.