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Dáire’s Dream Team master marathon challenge for CCUC

1st June 2017

Dáire’s Dream Team laced up their trainers last month to run the Belfast marathon and raise money for the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity. The 28 runners and walkers in Dáire’s Dream Team included parents and teachers of St Therese of Lisieux, as well as the local community. This week they handed over a £10,000 cheque to the CCUC.

Dáire’s Dream Team were running for Dáire Downey, a primary 5 pupil at St Therese, who has previously undergone treatment in the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

The team was organised by Ruth McLarnon, who said: "A few months ago a few parents got together to see what we could do to raise money for the CCUC to thank them for all the help and support they gave Dáire when he was undergoing treatment. Despite the fact that many of us hadn't run even a short distance, never mind a leg of a marathon, we decided that it was a challenge we were ready to face.

"Our initial target was to raise a few hundred pounds, but as more and more runners joined, the donations kept on coming. Now with an extra donation from Dáire’s charity, we are delighted to be able to present the CCUC with £10,000.”

Accepting the cheque, Jacqueline Wilkinson from the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity said: "To raise this amount of money takes a lot of commitment and hard work, and we are so grateful to Dáire’s Dream Team for this donation. This will help the CCUC support the amazing work of the doctors and nurses who have cared for children like Dáire and provide the best facilities for them and their families.”

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