Cyclists gearing up for annual RT Autoparts trek

CYCLISTS are gearing up to take part in the annual RT Autoparts sponsored cycle from Cookstown to Portrush on Sunday May 13. This year Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and the local renal unit will benefit from the event.

Make-a-Wish Foundation grants magical wishes to children and young people aged between three and 17 fighting life-threatening conditions.

There are 20,000 young people in the UK living with a life-threatening condition and this year around 1,400 children will be referred to Make-a-Wish to have their wish granted.

Make-A-Wish has just celebrated 25 years and in that time has granted over 7,400 wishes.

Gail McKee Fundraising Manager in Northern Ireland said: “Our wishes are truly magical. Whether a wish is to be a princess for the day, own the latest computer equipment, meet a favourite celebrity or enjoy some special time away from home with their family, a wish come true brings so much to a child’s life and provides memories that last a lifetime”

Carmel Kilpatrick Renal Home Therapies Manager said: “Kidney disease affects thousands of people in Northern Ireland. Every day lives are saved by dialysis treatments, and some lucky individuals receive life transforming kidney transplants thanks to the selfless acts of others.

“Dialysis takes place daily in Tyrone County Hospital and we continually strive to offer treatment as close to the patient’s home as possible.

“We provide innovative and “state of the art” home treatments for suitable patients and we actively research new methods of delivering the best care to all our patients.

“Those suffering with kidney disease deserve our commitment and at Tyrone County Hospital we are determined to educate and promote the provision of ‘Good Kidney Care’ in our community.”

If you would like to take part or make a donation contact RT Auotparts on 028 8676 5055.