Magherafelt man Francis Stewart battles back from crash to present cheque for Charis charity

Francis Stewart and Paul McErlain present cheque to Charis
Francis Stewart and Paul McErlain present cheque to Charis

Magherafelt man Francis Stewart has battled back from the serious injuries he sustained when he was knocked off his bike in June, to help present a cheque to Charis cancer care.

Francis, was a key member of the support team for his close friend Paul McErlain who completed a staggering 770km endurance event from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal.

I have an opportunity to help Francis by assisting the Magherafelt Harriers to organise a fund raising event for Francis on Saturday 17 October

Together, ‘Team Casper’ raised a fantastic £10,575 for Charis for which Paul’s late mother Bertie was a trustee and dedicated supporter.

“I am delighted to have successfully completed this event but this was only possible through the support of my family who make so many sacrifices to assist with my long hours of training,” said Paul.

“I also want to acknowledge the efforts of Team Casper, Aimee Mc Erlain, Kevin Murphy, Francis Stewart, Alvin Taylor, Julian Grimes and Joe McVey, who accompanied me throughout the 3 days of the event. My mother’s involvement with Charis was a major driving force in helping me to succeed.”

Paul added: “My post race euphoria has been tinged with sadness since my close friend Francis Stewart who accompanied me during this endurance event was seriously injured in a cycling accident.

“I have an opportunity to help Francis by assisting the Magherafelt Harriers to organise a fund raising event for Francis on Saturday 17 October. I would ask people to support this event which will help Francis on his road to recovery.”