Derry Mayor Martin Reilly is backing Macmillan Cancer Support as his chosen charity for the year.
Throughout his Mayoral year, the First Citizen will support the charity by hosting a series of events and helping to raise money and awareness for the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Mayor Reilly said his reasons for choosing Macmillan Cancer Support were very personal to him.
“As someone who has had close personal experience with cancer, I fully appreciate the work of this incredible charity,” he said.
“Over the past 100 years, Macmillan Cancer Support have become a lifeline of support offering practical, medical, emotional and financial help to people affected by cancer.
“I am looking forward to hosting a range of events throughout my year as Mayor which will help raise money for their worthwhile cause. “This includes the Waterside Half Marathon which has just released its 12 week training schedule to help runners prepare for the challenge. And I am delighted to say that all money raised will stay to support the charity’s work in the city.”
Maria McGleenon, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in the North West, said the group was delighted to have been chosen as the Mayor’s charity for his term in office.
“We are really looking forward to all of the events being hosted by the Mayor and are very excited about the year ahead,” she said.
“Macmillan would also like to encourage all local runners to join our team and take part in this year’s Waterside Half Marathon. We will be using all of the money raised by the Mayor to support our local services based at Altnagelvin Hospital including our Macmillan nursing team, our Welfare Benefits team and other Macmillan Healthcare professionals.
“Macmillan receives NO government funding and, therefore, relies solely on the support and generosity of the people of Northern Ireland to fund our vital services.”
The 32nd Waterside Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, September 8 in the Gransha Grounds. Full details, including this year’s training schedule, are currently available at www.derrycity.gov.uk/halfmarathon