Friends and family members of late Derry man, Paddy Friel Curran, will take part in a special sponsored climb of Mount Errigal next weekend.
Aged 23, Paddy Friel Curran died as a result of blood poisoning while working in New York last year.
Since that time his friends and family have set-up the Paddy Friel Curran Memorial Fund to assist families from Derry and Donegal with the repatriation of their loved ones from overseas.
“We want to keep the memorial fund going in honour of Paddy and the next week’s climb of Mount Errigal is one of the many ways we hope to do that,” said Paddy’s step-mother, Lorraine Friel.
Another important facet of the memorial fund is its focus to work in conjunction with another Derry charity who help lepers and orphaned children in India.
“Paddy’s dad, Damien, had already agreed to go with Action With Effect to India before Paddy passed away.
“The trip to India wasn’t until three weeks after Paddy died but we agreed that because of big heart the last thing Paddy would have wanted was for his father to not travel to India to help people so that’s why we have kept up the association with Action With Effect.”
Paddy worked in Fitzroy’s Restaurant in the city centre before setting off for New York last year.
Paddy’s former colleagues at Fitzroy’s have remained eternally generous and supportive of Paddy’s family.
Earlier this year several workers from Fitzroy’s completed the Omagh Half Marathon in Paddy’s honour and last month, Fitzroy’s manager, John Storey, successfully completed the Walled City Marathon and donated all monies raised to the memorial fund.
In keeping with the family’s decision to donate money to Action With Effect six people (including two Fitzroy’s workers) will travel to India later this year where they will deliver money raised through the Paddy Friel Curran Memorial Fund.
“Paddy was always so big hearted that I know he would be happy we are doing all of this to help other people,” said Lorraine.
The Paddy Friel Curran Memorial Fund committee have organised several money raising events for the summer months.
Dancing lessons for their Strictly Come Dancing event in October will begin on July 21; Derry City Legends will take on the Magnet Bar in a charity game of football on July 31 and on the night a prize of a two week stay in Florida will be raffled off and there will also be a Night At The Races event that same night; on August 31 the committee will host a sponsored walk of Derry’s two main road bridges.
To take part in next weekend’s special sponsored climb of Mount Errigal contact Kyle Friel on 07999902055.