Belfast Telegraph

Charity walk is no mean feat for girls

It was a case of big blisters and sore knees when Lorraine Anthony and Laura Kelly stepped out on the first Bigfoot Walk in Northern Ireland.

Lorraine, from Belfast, and Laura, from Holywood, walked 18 miles from Armagh to Dungannon and raised over £400 for Aware Defeat Depression.

“When we signed up, we didn’t realise just how far 18 miles was,” said Laura. “It’s the equivalent of walking from Belfast to Lurgan, or Coleraine to Ballycastle. It took us six hours and every step was a physical and mental challenge,” she added.

Both women have long suffered from knee injuries and during training picked up a few hip injuries, making the challenge even harder for them.

Lorraine said: “We want to thank everyone who made donations, sent emails and texts and tweeted at us along the route.

“You really did help us keep our chins up, and keep marching on when we wanted to call it a day and quit.

“We also want to thank Steve from Nuff Tees, who provided customised T-shirts to help us raise more money.’’

Aware Defeat Depression works exclusively in Northern Ireland helping the 1 in 4 people who experience depression or bipolar disorder. They offer a network of support groups and a telephone helpline, as well as a number of different training and education programmes.

For more information on Aware, visit the website www.aware-ni.org or to sponsor the girls, visit their justgivingpage, www.justgiving.com/aware.

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