Family affair as three generations to climb Ireland’s highest peak

Cecil Taylor with his grandsons.
Cecil Taylor with his grandsons.

Three generations of a local family will attempt to climb the highest peak in Ireland in aid of two charities.

Cecil Taylor his son Ryan, and grandsons Cameron and Jack will set off from Lisburn this Monday, July 7 and head to Kerry where they hope to climb Carrauntoohil to raise funds for AbilityNet/ITCanHelp and Positive Futures.

As a volunteer with AbilityNet/ITCanHelp Cecil, 70, visits disabled people in their homes or residential accommodation to help resolve computer problems and to provide support and guidance.

Cecil, who lives in Lisburn, is also a volunteer with Positive Futures who operate throughout Northern Ireland, transforming the lives of people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury and people on the autistic spectrum.

Cecil’s party will depart on their adventure from the car park of Tesco in Lisburn at 12:30pm on Monday.

Not content with giving freely of his time and expertise Cecil has decided to try to raise some money for the two charities that he volunteers with.

Cecil said: “I was only 69 when I first walked Carrauntoohil so I decided I had to walk it when I was 70. I have decided it would be good to try and get some money for two charities that I am a volunteer with, AbilityNet/ITCanHelp and Positive Futures.

“I had thought I would be doing this on my own but there has been some interest from others. Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland and also the third or fourth highest in Europe.”

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