Four generations band together to raise funds in Ballyclare man’s memory

Relatives of Ballyclare man, Dessie McMullan, are conducting gruelling challenges this summer to raise money for Cancer Focus NI and to mark his 10th anniversary.

By Russell Keers
Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 10:31 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 2:38 pm
Dessie's wife Eleanor (second left) pictured with (L-R) Susan, Karen, Bill and Janice.
Dessie's wife Eleanor (second left) pictured with (L-R) Susan, Karen, Bill and Janice.

Mr McMullan, who had been a lifelong supporter of the charity, passed away at the age of 75 on July 25 2010.

This summer four generations are coming together to celebrate his life, while raising vital funds for the charity he held dear.

His wife, Eleanor, his children Susan, Janice, Bill and Karen, his grandchildren Stevie, Jenni, Dave, Laura, Lucy and Robbie and his great-grandchildren Kaitlyn, Brooke, Charlie and Jacob will all be carrying out fundraising efforts.

Dessie McMullan.

Some of the challenges include a 10k walk, a marathon in a month, a mega-cycle and a 10-mile cycle on 10 consecutive days.

Dessie’s son Bill will be climbing the 10 highest trekkable peaks in Ireland in 10 days, commencing at Slieve Donard on Sunday, August 2.

Speaking about the charity effort, the family said: “Many years after his death, people still remember him with a big smile, great love, and affection.

“Dad was a lifelong supporter of Cancer Focus NI, a charity he believed in passionately. In this, the summer of dad’s 10 year anniversary, we want to remember dad with a smile, and raise as much money as we can for Cancer Focus NI.”

Cancer Focus NI is the leading local cancer charity committed to tackling cancer by supporting cancer research, providing services for cancer patients and their families and by advising people how to reduce their risk of the disease.

All money raised will go to Cancer Focus NI, and will be added to the Dessie McMullan Forget Me Not Fund.

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