Walkers step out in support of Oscar

Sponsored walk organiser Diane Mullan with her children Bobby and Charley. INNT 37-521CON Pic courtesy of Declan Roughan, The Irish News
Sponsored walk organiser Diane Mullan with her children Bobby and Charley. INNT 37-521CON Pic courtesy of Declan Roughan, The Irish News

MORE than 100 people took part in a sponsored walk from Duncrue to Jordanstown on Sunday morning (September 9) in aid of The Oscar Knox Appeal.

Walkers of all ages wearing ‘Team Oscar’ t-shirts stepped out in support of brave Glengormley boy Oscar Knox, who is fighting an aggressive form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.

Little Oscar, who turned four on Monday (September 10), has been getting hospital care here and at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, but his best chance of beating the disease will mean travelling to the USA or Germany for specialist treatment, which could cost up to £250,000.

In a bid to secure the money needed for his treatment, family and friends have been organising a variety of fundraising events over the past number of months.

On Sunday, the sponsored walkers made their way from Dargan Road, along the towpath to Loughshore Park, before getting a bus back to the Portside Inn for some refreshments and a family fun day with face painters, balloon modellers and a variety of kids’ favourite cartoon characters.

Event organiser, Glengormley newsagent Diane Mullan, who knows little Oscar’s grandmother, thanked everyone who supported the sponsored walk and gave so generously to the cause.

“We had 122 who took part and we’ve raised £3,400 so far and there’s still more money to come in, which is fantastic.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part and everyone who supported us, especially the Portside Inn and Belfast Party Hire - it couldn’t have gone any better. The whole day was just brilliant,” she told the Times.

Diane is planning to continue fundraising for The Oscar Knox Appeal by taking part in an abseil down the Europa Hotel in Belfast later this month.

Anyone who would like to sponsor her for her latest venture should call into McMillens News on Carnmoney Road, Glengormley.

More than £136,000 has already been raised for The Oscar Knox Appeal. Donations can be made by logging on to www.justgiving.com/oscarappeal

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