Tommy Ashe and his faithful four legged friend, Toby, are walking 15 miles from the Giant’s Causeway to Portstewart on Wednesday, April 19 in support of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
Tommy and two-year-old Spaniel Toby met with Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey, to publicise the event.
“I am delighted to be in a position to help in any way and thank our Mayor Maura Hickey for her support,” said Tommy.
“Both Toby and I love to walk and if we can do something we really enjoy and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the bravest of children then that’s a good thing.
“I hope our Giant Steps walk will raise much needed funds and awareness for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and for the little heroes they care for. I am just keeping my fingers crossed for good weather.”
Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Community Fundraiser Catherine O’Hara said: “On behalf of our life-limited children, their families and our nursing teams, I would like to thank Tommy Ashe, Toby and every sponsor who has stepped forward to support this special team of two. I would also like to thank the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Maura Hickey for choosing Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice as one of her official charities during her year in office.
“Proceeds from this wonderful walk will help us to maintain a unique service of specialist care for our life limited and life threatened children and young people in the local area and across Northern Ireland. With over £3.5 million needed to maintain our specialist care service, days like these are a life line to our charity and the families who need our care. We appreciate every penny.”
If you would like to support Tommy, you can do so via his JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tommy-Ashe