A KILLYCLOGHER man, who lost his wife to cancer, is urging cyclists of all ages and abilities to suit up and get on their bikes to raise money for two cancer charities.
Jimmy Carrigan set up the ‘Gina Carrigan Forget Me Not Fund’ as a way of keeping the memory of his late wife, Gina, alive.
The annual Gina Carrigan 30, 50 and 100 mile cycle will take place on Sunday May 29 to raise money for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Now in its fifth year, the one-day cycling event starts at Cappagh Parish Hall, Killyclogher at 9am, and winds its way through four counties before returning to the starting point.
The circuit will be fully marshalled and recovery vehicles will accompany the cyclists as back-up in case of emergencies.
“Gina was a very special person to her family and friends,” Jimmy said. “I can’t express how deeply touched we are that so many people take part in this event every year, both in her memory and to raise much-needed money for two wonderful charities, Cancer Focus and Marie Curie Cancer Care.”
With the help of his family and friends, Jimmy has raised £81,250 for both Cancer Focus NI and Marie Curie Cancer Care since he began fundraising in 2006.
“It’s always a great fun-filled day so I hope people will get their bikes out and come and join us on May 29,” he concluded.
Cancer Focus provides a wide range of services for Northern Ireland cancer patients and their families. These include counselling and family support, bra and swimwear fitting for mastectomy patients, art therapy, stop smoking services and Keeping Well vans which provide the community with health checks and advice. The charity also funds major research and carries out cancer prevention schemes in workplaces, schools and at community venues.
The entry fee is £10 for the cycle, which includes entertainment from Knotty Pine in the Village Inn later that night.
Entrants are encouraged to register online before the event by visiting the Gina Carrigan Cycle Facebook page or the Cancer Focus NI website.
Registration on the day will take place at 8am at Cappagh Parish Hall, Killyclogher.
For more information about the cycle, contact Jimmy on 07879 414 385 or visit the Gina Carrigan Forget Me Not Facebook page.