150 mile hike to Derry for charity

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A GENEROUS grandmother is walking 150 miles from Dublin to Derry in aid of charity.

Patricia Watterson, from Downpatrick, set off from Dublin city centre on Thursday and expects to cover the 150 miles to Derry by August 12 at the latest.

All money raised from the charity challenge is to be donated to NI Leukaemia Research, a charity close to Patricia’s heart as a much-loved family member has been affected by the condition.

Walking marathon routes is nothing new to Patricia, a retired teacher and grandmother of 12.

Last year alone she raised £8,000 for Cancer Research, by walking from Dublin to Galway, and back in 2008 she completed the gruelling Malin Head to Mizen Head route, which saw a staggering £17,000 in donations come flooding in.

In addition, she has completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Spain a dozen times.

She hopes to cover 15 miles each day on the route which will see her pass through towns including Slane, Ardee, Carrickmacross, Monaghan, Aughnacloy, Ballygawley, Omagh and Strabane before arriving in the Maiden City.

She explained, no matter what this event raises, every penny really will help.

“A phenomenal amount of money is needed for vital research and I hope that in some way the Dublin to Derry walk will play a role in raising the money which is so desperately needed,” she said.

Patricia is hoping more people will be able to spare a few hours out of their day to help with the collection effort and anyone who can help is asked to contact her on (028) 4461 2963. Donations to the charity walk fund can be made via the www.justgiving.com/dublintoderry webpage.