Ballysax man planning leukaemia walk

BALLYSAX man Derry Nolan is to embark on a charity walk to raise money for the fight against Leukaemia.

BALLYSAX man Derry Nolan is to embark on a charity walk to raise money for the fight against Leukaemia.

Derry is part of the 45 strong group going to Italy on the annual walk organised by Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust to raise funds for research into the disease. This year’s event will take place òver October 9-16 in Lake Garda, Verona in Italy.

Derry is well known through a lifetime of involvement in local community events in Ballysax and Suncroft, he is a keen sports fan especially of horse-racing and football. Efforts to carry out new research into Leukaemia and its causes were enhanced by the opening of the John Durkan Research Leukaemia memorial Laboratories in a new building on a campus on St. James’ Hospital in Dublin. This new building was made possible by donations from members of the public. It is hoped to raise funds to complete purpose built accommodation either on or close to the hospital campus. Currently The Bone Marrow Trust owns two apartments close to the hospital which have proved invaluable for patients and their families during the time of chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. It is hoped that a new facility will provide space for up to ten families as requirement for transplantation increases with the development of new technologies.

Derry would like to thank his kind sponsors Michael Halford, Copperbeach Stables and Staff, Suncroft GAA, Newbridge Credit Union, Friends of St.Pauls, Billy Flood and Sons, Finlays Garage, the Rooney Family, Bush Celtic AFC, John Osbourne, Paddy Power Kildare, J&B Construction, Star Grill The Curragh, Chris O’Grady, Boyle Sports and Bective Rugby Club and everyone who has sponsored him so far. Derry would like a special mention for Leo Brannock who kindly donated ‘some of his communion money’, towards the trust.

Anybody who would like to make a pledge can call into Newbridge Credit Union where an account his being held, alternatively you can contact Derry on 086 3139589 or 045 441121.