Drumahoe man Ken Curry jokes every year he gets a holiday for his birthday, guaranteed.
“It’s great,” jokes Ken, who turns 55 on St. Patrick’s Day.
Ken has planned a special celebration this year by getting on his bike for a cause close to home, organising a 55km charity cycle ride with partipants aiming to raise £55 each.
Funds raised are for Eglinton gymnast Jennifer Smyth, who Ken has known since she was a child.
The 17-year-old Limavady Grammar student was left quadriplegic after a tragic training accident.
The teenager is making a remarkable recovery from the horrific injuries to her neck sustained after coming off a vault in the gym in September 2014.
Not only is Jennifer back at school full time, but she’s back at the gym and is determined to walk again. Her goal is to attend Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Centre in the US.
Jennifer is delighted at what Ken is doing and plans to join the St Patrick’s Day cycle. All she needs is the custom made bike from Germany she is hoping will arrive by the end of February.
“Jennifer is amazing,” said Ken. “She is very positive despite everything that has happened. She is determined to walk again and, if anyone can do it, Jennifer can.”
The cycle takes place on March 17 from The Happy Landing in Eglinton to Fahan.
After interest from Jennifer’s friends at Shooting Starz, Ken organised a 5km walk from Eglinton to the airport on the same day. All proceeds donated from both events go to ‘Jennifer’s Journey’.
Jennifer said lots of people are talking about the event and thinks it’s going to be a great day out. She is also really pleased Palais Swing have agreed to play afterwards
For information call 07779008459. For sponsorship forms call into the Happy Landing in Eglinton.