Mark clocks up miles and pounds for charity

Running man, Mark Kilpatrick and sons.
Running man, Mark Kilpatrick and sons.

Limavady man Mark Kilpatrick pounded the streets of Limavady clocking up 244 miles to raise funds and awareness for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

The local primary school cook raised £600 for the charity, which is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland.

“I decided to run every day in the month of October,” said Mark. “It was hard at times to go out at 5.30am, but the motivation to keep going was for the fact I was raising money for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and for life limited children in this area. I ran over 244 miles and I am delighted with the total of £600.

“I would like to thank everyone who so kindly supported me.”

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Community Fundraiser Catherine O’Hara said: “On behalf of everyone at Children’s Hospice I would like to sincerely thank Mark for undertaking such a demanding challenge and to all who sponsored his amazing efforts.

“We simply could not provide the service we do both at Hospice and in the homes of our life-limited children and young people without the support and generosity of our local community in Limavady and beyond.

“Five hundred pounds will provide for the full care of a child for twenty-four hours. £100 pays for one overnight nurse at home. With over £3 million to raise every year, all donations, large and small are much needed at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.”