Couple aim to walk a million steps for Marie Curie

A County Tyrone couple have been stepping it out around the streets of Cookstown in recent weeks to raise money for Marie Curie.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 3:15 pm

So far Stanley and Valerie Riddell have managed to raise £1,470 for the charity which needs support to continue its services during the pandemic.

Its traditional daffodil appeal is unable to take place and the charity’s shops are closed.

Keen volunteers Stanley and Valerie decided to take up the Step Into Spring challenge.

Stanley and Valerie Riddell are stepping it out this month to raise funds for Marie Curie.

“We as a family had the help and support of the Marie Curie nurses which enabled us to care for our loved one at home in the end of life stage,” explained Valerie.

“We now want to raise as much money as we can to help other families have the help and support they need.”

The couple originally signed up for 10,000 steps a day when after Valerie’s youngest sister Arlene passed away suddenly on February 8, they decided to up the steps to one million in memory of her.

The couple can be seen walking around Cookstown every day, and if you wish to make a donation please feel free to stop with them.

“Together we can make a difference,” stressed Valerie.

Online donations can be added at Step Into Spring Stanley And Valerie’s Fundraising Page.

Marie Curie is the largest charitable provider of end of life care in Northern Ireland.

There are 97 Marie Curie Nurses and 95 Health Care Assistants working in Northern Ireland caring for people in their own homes across all five trusts.

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