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Keady great grandmother Moyra (82) walking incredible 5k a day for cancer charity during lockdown

Moyra lost her husband Joe to lung cancer and she wanted to help Cancer Focus NI as many charities are suffering due to cancelled fundraisers

Moyra Fullerton with her daughters Bernie McKevitt, left, and Moyra Barnes.

A Keady great grandmother is walking 5k a day over three weeks during the coronavirus lockdown to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Eighty-two-year-old Moyra Fullerton is currently isolating with her daughter Bernie McKevitt and family in Glenavy.

And she is hoping to put her time to good use and raise a fantastic £1,000 for the local charity.

Cancer Focus NI has had to suspend many of its support services for local cancer patients and their families and has furloughed most staff due to the coronavirus.

The charity has also had to postpone its fundraising events, so donations are even more critical at this difficult time.

Daughter Bernie said: “Mammy lost daddy, Joe, over four years ago to lung cancer.

“My sister Moyra (Barnes) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the end of October and recently had her last session of chemo and is thankfully now on her way to recovery.

“Mammy wanted to raise some funds to help others going through cancer and to help them beat it.

“I was telling mammy how charities are struggling with marathons and other events being cancelled and she decided she would like to do this for Cancer Focus NI.”

Moyra, who has 10 children, 28 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, also aimed to improve her own fitness – she wanted to increase her walking distance from 2 miles to 3.2miles (5K).

Bernie added: “Mammy is quite fit for her age, though 5k a day is a challenge for her. She always finds the last mile tough, especially on the warm days, but she’s doing really well.

“So far her personal best is a fantastic 5km in less than 53 minutes.”

Rosie Forsythe, Cancer Focus NI, is delighted by Moyra’s efforts.

She said: “Cancer Focus NI supports thousands of local cancer patients and their families each year at one of the toughest times of their lives but due to COVID-19, we have, unfortunately, had to greatly reduce our care services for the time being.

“We rely hugely on the public to provide over 90% of our income. Regrettably, we have also had to cancel or postpone our fundraising events and our income has dramatically reduce, so we are truly grateful to Moyra for taking up this amazing challenge.

“We are very impressed by her efforts and we think she’s just wonderful.

“Moyra is doing her bit to save Cancer Focus NI’s services – we are appealing to everyone to help us too and donate today?’”

If you would like to make a donation to Moyra’s walk please go to Bernadette McKevitt’s JustGiving page.

You can also support the Cancer Focus NI by making a donate today on  cancerfocusni.org/appeal or texting FOCUS to 70660 to donate £5.

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