Derry sisters take on the NSPCC challenge

Derry sisters Caroline Gibney and Lisa McLaughlin are dusting off their hiking boots to help end child cruelty by taking part in this year’s NSPCC walking challenge, the Mournes HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) on 17 September.

Caroline, a volunteer and staff member with ChildLine Foyle, signed up for this year’s event as a way to support local services.

“My sister and I are delighted to be able to contribute while taking on a big personal challenge,” she said.

“There’s no doubt that a 20 mile walk requires some preparation, so I’m walking as much as I can – taking full advantage of the new Peace Bridge and the beautiful Ness Woods.”

Caroline’s sister, Lisa, is just as enthusiastic: “I am really enjoying the training. As well as walking with Caroline in Ness Woods, I have tackled Glenariff and Ards Forests and Glenveagh National Park. Next stop the Mournes!

“This has been a really great opportunity to see beautiful parts of Ireland that I may never have visited if I wasn’t training for the HACK. The next step is to hopefully raise some money for a great charity and make it home in one piece!

Deidre McLaughlin, NSPCC community fundraiser, said: “The HACKs are a real physical challenge but so enjoyable.

For further details and online registrations please log on to or contact the NSPCC fundraising office on 028 9035 1135 or by emailing

Final registration is September 3.