The ‘Miles For Matty’ fundraising initiative has now raised over £75,000 – and money is still coming in!
A number of events held in memory of 22-year-old Matthew Drumm have “surpassed all expectations and targets,” according to his overwhelmed brother Kieran.
“When the idea to host an event for Matthew was first discussed in December, we could never have imagined the support we have received from the local community,” said Kieran.
The majority of the funds will be donated the Northern Ireland Transplant Association in tribute to Matthew who gave the gift of life to seven people through organ donation following his death on Christmas Eve 2013.
A few weeks ago over 1,700 people wearing specially designed tops took part in cycle, run and walking events to celebrate his life.
Fundraising events have also taken place in England and Australia organised by Matthew’s friends.
Most recently the hospitality industry in Belfast helped add to the pot on Monday at their annual barbecue.
Over 300 people attended the event in the Dirty Onion with Jimmy McGinn, Matthew’s cousin and former boss at the Europa Hotel, nominating ‘Miles for Matty’ as one of the benefiting charities.
Kieran continued, “The overwhelming success of the campaign is testament to the high esteem and regard Matthew was held by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
“Added to that the dedication and enthusiasm of the organising committee was unbelievable. The support from Omagh St Enda’s, Killyclogher GAA, local businesses and the public was remarkable.
“The Drumm family can not thank everyone who helped in any way to make this possible. It will be a very proud and emotional moment to hand over the cheques to the charities in Matthew’s memory. It will be a fitting legacy.”