Belfast Telegraph

Women to walk Ireland in cancer charity fundraiser

by Fiona Rutherford

East Belfast woman Diana McCormack is attempting to walk the length of Ireland in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Diana will set off from Malin Head in Co Donegal and head for Mizen Head in Co Cork on July 17.

She will cover an average of 25 miles per day and a total of 450 miles over the next three weeks.

A hiking enthusiast, Diana regularly hikes around Northern Ireland and she has also walked the West Highland Way in Scotland.

However, this will be her most challenging task yet and she will be joined by friend, Brenda Cummings.

Diana said: “We wanted to support Cancer Research UK because we each know someone who has been affected by cancer. I lost my mum in 2005 and my grandfather just last year.

“The last 30 years have seen fabulous advances in cancer research and more people than ever before are |surviving the disease. However, there is still a long way to go and that is why we wanted to do something special to help beat cancer.”

Kevin Harper, area volunteer manager for the charity, said: “Cancer Research UK currently spends around £2.5m each year |in Northern Ireland alone on |ground-breaking research. This life-saving work would not be possible without the support of people like Diana and Brenda.

“Any support that people can offer them before, during and after their walk would be greatly appreciated.”

To contribute to Diana and Brenda’s fundraising effort, please visit their web page at |www.justgiving.com/malintomizen2010.

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