Fans to be NI Hospice heroes

Cllr Noreen McClelland with club members, business representatives and families at the charity launch event.
Cllr Noreen McClelland with club members, business representatives and families at the charity launch event.

A group of local football fans will not be walking alone as they call on the community to support a very worthy cause during a charity event next month.

Members of An Droichead Celtic Supporters Club in Glengormley have organised a charity walk which will see participants travel on foot from Belfast City Hall to the NI Children’s Hospice at O’Neill Road.

The fundraising trek on Saturday, April 29 will raise money for the Northern Ireland children’s Hospice.

The supporters club members have extended an invite to everyone in the local area to join them as they walk the almost six-mile route wearing super hero costumes.

Martin Walsh, Chairman, An Droichead CSC, Glengormley said: “As a local supporters club, based no more than 100 yards from the Children’s Hospice, we are delighted to be in a position to help in any way.

“The Children’s Hospice will receive our full support and help to provide the level of care needed for these very special terminally ill children and their families. We hope this event will raise much needed funds and awareness for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.”

Club President Paul Corrigan added: “It will be a privilege to have children receiving Children’s Hospice care, leading the walk and I invite everyone to dress up as their hero of choice, from the local football club wearing their team kit to the local nurse, firefighter or PSNI officer joining in.

“Sponsorship forms are available or just turn up on the day and give a donation. We just need to keep our fingers crossed for good weather.”

The supporters, who have set a fundraising target of £5,000, will also be holding a charity auction on April 29 in the Bridge Bar and Grill, Glengormley. Doors open at 8pm and admission is £2.

Football fans will be able to bid for memorabilia including a Celtic top signed by Brendan Rodgers, as well as signed Cliftonville, Crusaders and Glentoran shirts. Concert tickets have also been donated to the auction by Cool FM.

The club wish to thank the businesses who have donated vouchers for their ballot.

For more information about the walk, check out the Children’s Hospice Super Heroes Walk Facebook page.