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Armagh men cycle 200km to Donegal and double fundraising target for cancer centre

Armagh City Cyclists Cancer Centre

Nine Armagh friends who undertook a 200km cycle to Donegal have almost doubled the money they set out to raise for a centre which provides breaks to cancer patients and their families.

Gerard Enright, Paddy Hughes, Micky Cullen, Paddy McShane, Tom McShane, Paddy Toner, Conor Scully, Pete Gildea and Eugene Quinn completed the challenge in a day – and to date have raised more than £20,000 for Daisy Lodge.

The residential centre, just outside Newcastle, gives cancer patients and their families the opportunity of a therapeutic break and time away from their treatments.

It also offers counselling and aftercare for all patients and their families dealing with the effects of cancer.

The group travelled through Seskinore, near Omagh, and on to Fintona, Dromore, Ederney, Kesh, Belleek, Ballyshannon, Bundoran and Mullaghmore.

From there they went on to Bundoran and Ballyshannon, before heading for Rossnowlagh and Ballintra ahead of their arrival in Donegal town.

Paddy Toner said the group – all social cyclists – had trained for the event for six months.

He said it had started out as an idea among eight of them to raise £1,000 for charity which had then turned into a serious challenge to raise £10,000.

The JustGiving page is still open and donations may be made by clicking on to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/armaghcitycyclistssocialgroup200kcycleevent

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