The Kennedy family from Bogside, Derry/Londonderry took part in a 4x4x48 Challenge, which saw over 100 friends and members of the local community take part in a 48 hour relay from 19th to 21st June. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, participants set off at intervals from different points across Derry/Londonderry and further afield, with each running, walking or cycling at least four miles.
The incredible challenge was all to raise vital funds for Friends of the Cancer Centre in memory of their mother, Sue, who sadly passed away in June 2017. The family have continued their support for the charity over the last three years by taking part in marathons, skydives, cycle events and abseils, as well as holding football matches and coffee mornings, raising more than £12,500.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Joe Kennedy explained the reason for their fundraising:
“On Wednesday 21st June 2017 we lost the biggest and brightest part of our family, our beloved mammy, Sue. Sue was the heart and soul of our family. For three years mammy attended the Cancer Centre in Belfast for treatment and the care shown by all the staff was second to none. Throughout her time at the hospital, mammy always spoke so highly of Friends of the Cancer Centre for the love, guidance and comfort that she received in times of difficulty. Since then, we have made a commitment to hold an annual event that friends and family can join in to keep her memory alive.
“Initially we hoped for 30 people to take part across Derry over the 48 hours, but it ended up that over 100 people took part, not just from Derry, but from as far away as Dubai, Manchester and Qatar. I wanted to run as much of the challenge as I could and along with two friends, we completed the full 48 hours and completed two full marathons over the weekend; a total of 13 runs starting on Friday at 4pm and finishing on Sunday at 4pm.”
“As delighted as we were as family to see so many people getting involved, this is a bittersweet time of year as we remember our mammy. Our family have been overwhelmed by the support again this year and it was lovely for me, Emmett and our sister, Jamie to do the run. We want to thank everyone who took part, like the members of my local running club who joined in. It was such an honour to have so many people joining us and raising money as we know it will help other families, just like ours. With the £5,050 raised from the 4x4x48 Challenge, the total raised by the family so far is over £12,500 and I know that mammy would be very proud.”
Everyone at Friends of the Cancer Centre is incredibly grateful for the support from the Kennedy Family and their friends. Our Corporate Fundraising Manager, Ana Wilkinson, explains:
“The Kennedy family are fantastic supporters and have shown so much kindness and friendship in wanting to support other families, in Sue’s memory. I’d like to thank everyone involved in the 4x4x48 Challenge as well as everyone who sponsored the participants. The money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families right across Northern Ireland.”
If you would like to ‘Be A Friend’ and support local people affected by cancer by holding an event for Friends of the Cancer Centre, please contact the charity on 028 9069 9393 or visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com