Locals join minions of fundraisers at rally

Lisburn couple Rodney and Tanya Herron all dressed up and ready to rally.
Lisburn couple Rodney and Tanya Herron all dressed up and ready to rally.

A Lisburn couple were among minions of fundraisers rallying for Cancer Focus NI recently.

Husband and Wife team Rodney & Tanya Herron came together to form ‘Me & Him’ and to take part in the Rusty Nuts Rally NI, which raised a magnificent £23,191 for the local charity.

The Herrons joined teams from all over Northern Ireland who revived their banger cars and drove over 200 miles in a weekend completing a range of challenges in a bid to win the coveted Rusty Nuts Rally trophy. The rally, in cars worth £500 or less, took place across the North Coast, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh and Down along the route.

Rodney said: “We were delighted to take part in the rally and we would like to thank everyone from our local area who donated to this wonderful cause. The Rusty Nuts Rally was a fantastic weekend and I would encourage anyone interested in the event to get involved next year.”

The Rusty Nuts Rally was spearheaded by Portadown’s Hannah Rodgers and Kieran O’Neill. Hannah added: “We were delighted to get across the finish line after what was a great three days’ of events. I would like to thank everyone who donated to the Rusty Nuts Rally, and a special thanks to all our sponsors without whom this couldn’t take place.”

Cancer Focus NI provides a wide range of services for Northern Ireland cancer patients and their families. However the money raised from the Rusty Nuts Rally will be used to help fund Cancer Focus NI’s Man Van service.

Community Fundraiser Eoin Treanor said: “The £23,191 raised by the rally will help us continue funding our Man Van, which brings lifesaving messages to our local community and workplaces, helping to lower the risk of cancer. Men can have their body composition and measurements assessed, blood pressure and blood glucose checked, and get one-to-one advice.”

Anyone who has concerns about cancer can speak to a specialist nurse on the Cancer Focus NI free helpline 0800 783 3339.