Challenge 20/20 launched in Cookstown

Cookstown Leisure Centre staff member Philip Mitchell is pictured with Cookstown Council chairman Sean Clarke pictured as they launch Challenge 20/20, as Philip embarks on raising �10,000 for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Pictured at the launch, held at Cookstown Leisure Centre were Cookstown councillors Ciaran McElhone, John McNamee, Pearse McAleer, Michael McIvor, Tony Quinn, Deirdre Mayo and Christine McFlynn, Joe Kenny, Communications assistant RNIB NI , Jackie Cotton, RNIB Community Vision co ordinator and Sean Calvan, assistant manager at Cookstown Leisure Centre.mm17-107ar.
Cookstown Leisure Centre staff member Philip Mitchell is pictured with Cookstown Council chairman Sean Clarke pictured as they launch Challenge 20/20, as Philip embarks on raising �10,000 for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Pictured at the launch, held at Cookstown Leisure Centre were Cookstown councillors Ciaran McElhone, John McNamee, Pearse McAleer, Michael McIvor, Tony Quinn, Deirdre Mayo and Christine McFlynn, Joe Kenny, Communications assistant RNIB NI , Jackie Cotton, RNIB Community Vision co ordinator and Sean Calvan, assistant manager at Cookstown Leisure Centre.mm17-107ar.
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COOKSTOWN man Philip Mitchell is embarking on a ‘Challenge 20/20’ to raise £10,000 for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Philip who works as Fitness Instructer in the Cookstown Leisure Centre, has set himself a number of physically demanding challenges to complete.

The most demanding of these is to walk 20 marathons in 20 days along the Ulster Way starting on 11th August. He hopes to finish the walk on the 31st August in Cookstown.

Other events include a ‘Dining in the Dark’ experience on Thursday 7th June and a swim across Lough Neagh in September. A number of friends and family are helping Philip complete the series of challenges.

So far 30 of his friends have entered the Belfast Marathon to form 6 relay teams to help support him on his way.

Jackie Cotton, Community Volunteers Co-ordinator for RNIB, Northern Ireland branch said,

“We are extremely grateful for the effort Philip is putting in to this challenge. This incredibly amount of money will go a long way in allowing us to continue our work. The money raised by Philip and others will enable RNIB NI to continue to support blind and partially sighted people through services we offer. I would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best in this very physical challenge.”

Many local clubs and community organisations have promised donations and local Magherafelt Sports Shop, Sportique have donated top quality walking gear to Philip.

If you wish to find out more about Philip’s ‘Challenge 20/20’ or activities or you wish to donate then please contact Philip on mitch1981@hotmail.co.uk

There is also a JustGiving online donation page

http://www.justgiving.com/Challenge20-20 as well as the Facebook and Twitter account.