Updated: 30/07/12 : 08:08:10Printable Version
There was pride in evidence at The Foxs Den Keash on Friday night when a mammoth cheque for €13,200 was presented to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children (Crumlin).
The cheque was the proceeds from a 130-mile charity walk undertaken last month from Spancill Hill in County Clare to Keash, near Ballymote. The walk was to have been completed by local fundraising champion Tom Ward as part of his ongoing charity work. However in a tragic twist of fate the 51-year-old walker died on 17 May while training for the endurance-testing trek.
Tom's family and friends decided to continue with the walk, in his memory, and duly completed the grueling journey in two days, 22/23 June. The walkers arrived home to bonfires and a rapturous welcome from the people of south Sligo. See SligoToday.ie 13/6/12
Catriona Mc Gloin a Community Fundraising Manager for Crumlin Hospital, a Leitrim native was on hand on Friday night to accept the cheque and make a special presentation to Tom's daughters Rachel, Rebecca, Louise and his trainer Aiden Ward of a special medal for Tom's hard work fundraising for the hospital.
Also in attendance was Sligo County Councillor Gerry Murray, long time friend and supporter of Tom who gave a short speech praising Tom and his sterling fund raising efforts.
Another of Tom's favourite charitable events TwinFest 2012 takes place in Keash on Saturday 18 August. The event, now in its third year, raises funds for meningitis charities and last year attracted over 100 sets of twins from all over Ireland. See TwinFest website
At the Cheque presentation to Crumlin Hospital of €13,200 raised by the 130-mile walk
in memory of Tom Ward are from the left in front Helen Clarke, Kevin Ward,
Nonie Ward, Rachel Ward, Catriona Mc Gloin - Community Fundraising Manager for Our Lady's Hospital, Rebecca and Louise Ward, Aiden Kielty and Pat Ward. Photo: Peter McParland
Charity walker Tom Ward (RIP) Photo:SligoToday.ie