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Eight Armagh cyclists to clock up 200k to Donegal in hope of raising £10,000 for Daisy Lodge

The friends and 'social cyclists' intend to embark on their trip next Saturday and are appealing for donations to spur them on

Armagh city cyclists. L-r: Pete Gildea, Gerard Enright, Tom McShane Paddy McShane, Paddy Toner and Eugene Quinn, Paddy Hughes (Conor Scully missing)
Pictured l-r: Pete Gildea, Gerard Enright, Tom McShane, Paddy McShane, Paddy Toner, Eugene Quinn, and Paddy Hughes (Conor Scully missing)

Eight Armagh cyclists are preparing to get on their bikes for a 200k trek to Donegal in aid of Daisy Lodge.

The eight have chosen the residential centre, just outside Newcastle, as the beneficiary and want to raise as much money as possible.

Daisy Lodge gives cancer patients and their families the opportunity of a therapeutic break and time away from their treatments. They also offer counselling and after care for all patients and their families dealing with the effects of cancer.

The Armagh friends – Pete Gildea, Gerard Enright, Tom McShane Paddy McShane, Paddy Toner, Eugene Quinn, Paddy Hughes and Conor Scully – intend to embark on their cross-county trip next Saturday, August 14.

They will be setting off at 6.30am and hope to arrive in Donegal at around 4pm in the afternoon.

They will be passing through plenty of towns and villages along the way and hope for some great support.

Clocking up the miles and the pounds will see them travel through Seskinore, near Omagh, and on to Fintona, Dromore, Ederney, Kesh, Belleek, Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Mullaghmore. From there they will go back to Bundoran and Ballyshannon, before venturing on to Rossnowlagh and Ballintra ahead of their arrival in Donegal town.

It’s a remarkable journey and all eight have been training hard.

They just hope that their efforts are worth some of your cash to help them support this super cause.

Paddy Toner said: “We have an enthusiastic group of social cyclists training hard over this last six months for a fundraiser to participate in this very worthy cause.

“By Sunday, August 8, we have raised over £7,200. We are delighted with the response to date but if you wish to contribute please click in the link below.

“This started out as a challenge amongst eight fellas with an idea to raise £1,000 for charity and has now turned into a serious challenge to raise a staggering £10,000.00!”

Anyone wanting to donate can do so through the link here.

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