LOCAL support group of the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy Causeway, was presented with a cheque for £3,500 on Thursday at Crusoes Coffee shop in Castlerock.
The money was raised by a sponsored walk, which was organised by local businessman Trevor Culbertson, in memory of his partner’s mother, Bridie Gilmore.
Walkers started at Benone beach and ended their challenge with a social gathering at Bertha’s, Castlerock.
The walk is becoming an annual feature on Breathe Easy Causeway’s calendar, with many members taking part and showing their support.
Trevor would like to thank Rodger Robinson the proprietor of Crusoes Coffee Shop for providing the barbeque; The Castlerock Christian Fellowship for providing tea and coffee; the National Trust for permission to walk through the beautiful grounds at Downhill; Jo Marsh, from Harmony Massage for providing foot massages; Davy & the Hallions for their toe-tapping music and Bertha’s at Castlerock for offering a barbeque venue.
British Lung Foundation Development Officer, Nessie Blair, said: “The sponsored walk was a great day out for everyone and the money raised will really help Breathe Easy Causeway continue to support those with lung conditions.
“We’re so grateful to Trevor for all the thought and effort he invested in this event.”
Chair of Breathe Easy Causeway, Marie Hegarty, said: “I would like to commend Trevor on his motivation, organisation and notable rapport with the community at large. This was evidenced by the number who participated and contributed to this fundraising venture.
“This fundraiser also helped to raise awareness of Breathe Easy Causeway’s existence and support for local people living with lung disease.”
Head of the British Lung Foundation Scotland & Northern Ireland, Dr James Cant, said: “We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Trevor Culbertson and all those who supported the sponsored walk.
“The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity to represent all lung conditions. We’re there to provide hope and support at every step, but it’s people like Trevor and all those who supported the recent sponsored walk, that really keep us going.”