Kind hearted truckers ditch wheels for walking boots

Martin, Susan, Jill, Josephine, and Margaret (MS Group) with Sean Martin and Martin Bradley (Mid ulster truckers). Missing from photo Martin Downey.
Martin, Susan, Jill, Josephine, and Margaret (MS Group) with Sean Martin and Martin Bradley (Mid ulster truckers). Missing from photo Martin Downey.
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THREE Mid-Ulster truckers will ditch their wheels for walking boots next month when they embark on a charity walk spanning 220 miles and covering 27 towns.

Martin Downey and Sean Martin from Magherafelt and Kilrea man Martin Bradley will kick start the charity trek

on Saturday, April 7th which will take then one week to complete.

The South Derry men will be raising funds for the local MS Society as part of the Mid-Ulster Truckers Festival, which is now in it’s fifth year.

To date the group have raised cash in the region of £115,000 for various charity groups and projects. Sairting in Magherafelt the three men Starting in Magherafelt will make seven overnight stops before they arrive back in the town on April 14th. Accommodation is being kindly donated by a number of hotels and guest houses.

Speaking ahea dof the charity walk, ttrucker and participant Martin Downey urged people to dig deep for the worthy cause.

He said: “We would be grateful for the support of the general public in our fund raising efforts, once again because without their support our efforts would be fruitless.

“Posters and further bulletins will be in the press and various towns in the run up to the event and if you would like to join in for a day or even a mile of the walk and help boost our fund please contact Brigid on 07595658380 and she will happily provide you with details and a sponsor sheet.”

Mid-Ulster MS Branch representative Susan Graffin added: “Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common of Neurological diseases there is. Its effect is different on everyone.

“The Mid-Ulster Branch of the MS society will forever be indebted to the Mid-Ulster Truckers for choosing our branch of the MS Society as their recipient of their fundraising this year. The Mid-Ulster branch has a large number of sufferers and 12 of them make up our committee.”

Susan added: “A very warm and well deserved thank you to each and every one of the Mid-Ulster Truckers”

The Mid-Ulster truckers have thanked: The Londonderry Arms, Corratavey House, Drummond Hotel, Fir Trees Hotel, Askins Guest House and the Glenavon House Hotel for their contibution to accomdation during the trek.

Footwear for the walk has also been kindly donated by Sportique in Magherafelt. Rocwell Water have Sponsored water for the walkers. For more information on donating or sponsorship forms contact Brigid on: 07595658380.