Women get fit for Cancer Fund for Children

Natasha Walsh and Sorcha Chipperfield
Natasha Walsh and Sorcha Chipperfield

Lisburn woman Natasha Walsh of the Cancer Fund For Children will join a team of 30 who will take on a unique 30-day charity fitness challenge this autumn.

Cancer Fund for Children, the leading NI charity for children and young people living with cancer is calling on women aged 18 and over to sign up to Pretty Tough.

It will take place in the greater Belfast area and will involve indoor and outdoor activities catering to all fitness levels which will run from September 21 to October 20,

Led by Bangor-based Tribal Fitness, the challenge is just the excuse to get outdoors, get fit and have some fun. Locations include Ashfield School in Belfast, the Ozone at Ormeau Park and Seapark in Holywood. Activities include circuits, bootcamp drills, team games and relays as well as relaxation.

At the same time participants will be raising vital funds for Cancer Fund for Children, a charity dedicated to ensuring families don’t have to face cancer alone through its unique offer of practical, emotional and financial support services as well as free therapeutic short breaks to families across Ireland.

Cancer Fund for Children service user and NI 4 Kids magazine’s Mum of the Year - Tracey McGeehan is getting behind the Pretty Tough recruitment campaign. She organised similar events in her home county of Tyrone recently which raised over £40k.

She decided to support the charity’s work after receiving help when her little girl Cassie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 aged just 18 months.

Tracey said: “Events like Pretty Tough are a perfect way of getting out there and getting fit.

“This challenge will also raise funds for a charity that really helped my family through such a difficult time by offering us a free short break at its therapeutic facility Daisy Lodge in Newcastle which allowed us to escape the pressures of hospital visits and treatment.”

Cancer Fund for Children’s CEO Gillian Creevy said: “By taking part in pretty tough your support will be helping families affected by cancer get through the ‘toughest time of their lives.’

Every week in Northern Ireland another three children, teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer. We rely on donations and goodwill from the public.

Funds raised will enable our team of experienced specialists to help even more families cope with the impact cancer has on their lives supporting them during and after treatment and sadly in some cases, bereavement.

The registration fee for Pretty Tough is £70. Minimum sponsorship is £300. A full timetable will be provided upon registration.

For more information or to register log on to cancerfundforchildren.com, call 028 9080 5599 or email alex@cancerfundforchildren.com.