A team of lifeboat personnel are to drive vintage trucks around Ireland to raise money for a Derry cancer unit.
The RNLI team from Thurso Lifeboat station near John O’Groat’s in Scotland are to travel the length of Ireland in four vintage American lorries, stopping at every lifeboat station along the way.
Omagh-born RNLI press officer David Brown - who is organising the event - said the money raised from the charity truck run will be split between the RNLI and the Sperrin Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital. Mr Brown’s aunt was recently treated for breast cancer in the Derry care unit and he decided it would be fitting to raise money to “continue the good work carried out there”.
He said: “Following a successful charity truck run in 2011 from John O’Groat’s to Lands End in aid of the RNLI & the Macmillan Cancer Care, it was decided the team would undertake another truck run. This time we’ll be visiting all 44 Lifeboat stations in Ireland, North and South, collecting for the RNLI and the Sperrin Cancer Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital with each receiving 50% of all money raised. Both are very worthy causes and we would be very grateful for all donations.”
The team is to leave its John O’Groat’s base on August 5 and head to the port of Carinryan where P&O have sponsored carriage to and from Larne.
“We will be started off on August 7 by Mr Paul Jackson of Montgomery Transport Ltd, in Northern Ireland who has helped in the logistics of the event and we will head across to the first lifeboat station at Enniskillen, after which we are attending the Fermanagh County Show also in Enniskillen.
“From Enniskillen, we will move North to Omagh and stop off at the Ulsterbus depot car park from 2pm until around 5pm.
“The next day we will stop off at the cancer unit in Altnagelvin and from there, in a clockwise direction, we’ll travel all around the country.”
From Derry, the team will travel to Portrush, Ballycastle, Red Bay, Larne, Belfast, Stormont and then cross the border at Newry and continue around the county to Lough Swilly and back to Derry again.
The team are also recording a DVD to help raise funds for the charities.
“We have also been given kind permission by Phil Coulter to use his version of Eternal Father on a DVD we are producing to be sold to raise more money.”
The truckers aim to return to Altnagelvin on August 16 to present 50% of the money raised from their charity tour of Ireland to the Sperrin cancer care unit.
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