Support at ‘Walk for Tilly’ ‘overwhelming’

Pictured are the family of Liam 'Tilly' McElhinney who were delighted with the large turnout of walkers in the Walk For Tilly to help raise funds for various Cancer charities in Dungiven on Saturday. INLV2515-655KDR
Pictured are the family of Liam 'Tilly' McElhinney who were delighted with the large turnout of walkers in the Walk For Tilly to help raise funds for various Cancer charities in Dungiven on Saturday. INLV2515-655KDR
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A Dungiven woman left heartbroken by the death of her husband to cancer has said she is “overwhelmed” by the support for a fundraising walk in his memory.

Sharon McElhinney’s husband, Liam ‘Tilly’ McElhinney died on January 23 after a 16-month long battle with esophageal cancer. He was 48 years old.

The Walk for Tilly organising committee -  Martina McSorley, Sandra O'Donnell, Sharon McElhinney, Siobhan McLaughlin, Michelle Mullan and Sheena McTaggart.

The Walk for Tilly organising committee - Martina McSorley, Sandra O'Donnell, Sharon McElhinney, Siobhan McLaughlin, Michelle Mullan and Sheena McTaggart.

‘Walk for Tilly’ on Saturday raised thousands of pounds for charity thanks to the kindness of the community who turned out in their hundreds for the walk, also to raise awareness about esophageal cancer.

“It was an emotional day because I was overwhelmed with the support, and because it was in Liam’s memory. It was hard, but I’m glad we did it. If it helps other people and that was the main aim,” she said.

The total raised from the walk so far is £4,000. A fundraiser by Martena Brooks (Heaveron) on 27th March raised £938.00, while £237.11 was collected in lieu of flowers at the funeral. Sharon thanked the organising committee; businesses Mags Day Today, Eurospar, Lunch’s Spar and Supervalu for refreshments on Saturday; St Patrick’s College and Principal Michael Gormley for using the premises; Kevin O’Neill for setting up, Seamus Harkin for the banner and Sean McGlinchey and all the stewards “and anyone who supported us in any way by walking and/or donating”.

Proceeds go towards Macmillan Cancer, Charis, Oesophageal Cancer Fund and the Cancer Centre in Belfast.