Giffin family to hold 32nd annual walk for leukaemia

On Friday, December 27, people of all ages are being encouraged to join the Giffin family for their 32nd annual Portrush Walk at 1pm.

By Community Reporter
Thursday, 19th December 2019, 5:08 am
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 1:56 am
The Giffin family - Jill, Ella, Garth and Janet
The Giffin family - Jill, Ella, Garth and Janet

This annual fundraiser for Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI is the perfect way to help burn off some of the festive indulgence whilst taking in the fresh air and enjoying the beautiful North Coast over the Christmas holidays.

Meeting at the Harbour Bar, participants will complete a six mile walk round Ramore Head and along Whiterocks beach, returning the same way. The event is suitable for all ages and abilities.

The Giffin family held their first walk 32 years ago, following the death of their daughter Lynda to leukaemia.

All proceeds from the walk have been donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI, the only charity in Northern Ireland dedicated to blood cancer research.

Organisers are hoping that donations from this year’s event will tip the total funds raised over the £200,000 milestone.

Joanne Badger from Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI said: “We rely solely on public donations, so it’s events like this one which are absolutely crucial in helping us to continue this life-saving research right here in Northern Ireland.

“In Northern Ireland alone, three people are diagnosed with blood cancer every single day and the outcome for many is still poor.”

Registration for the walk will be upstairs in the Harbour Bar from 12.30 onwards on Friday, December 27, where walkers can also warm up afterwards with some complimentary soup.