A terminally-ill Derry man has sailed around Ireland to raise money for a cancer charity.

Darren Robb, who himself suffers from the disease, arrived in Derry last night after completing the tough journey.

He was met at the Foyle Pontoon by Derry’s Mayor Brenda Stevenson who praised the local man for his efforts.

A reception was later held in the Guildhall for Darren and his family and friends.

All money raised as a result of Darren’s challenge will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

In 2011, the Derry sailor was dealt a personal blow when he was diagnosed with cancer.
 
During his cancer battle, Darren met John Stewart.

In February though, John lost his battle.  But for Darren and for so many others who were touched by his life, the 24-year-old set a legacy.

And, when Robb sets sail in June in his tiny yacht, Stoney B, he goes with memories of his friend John Stewart and he goes with the aim of raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Support as thousands of others continue to fight the good fight.

“In 2011, I was diagnosed with cancer and, following that, I had a spell up in City Hospital and that’s where I met John Stewart,” Darren told the Derry News.

“John was a young fella from the town here who’s sadly no longer with us.  He passed away this year on the 19th of February and he was a good fella, a fine big man and unfortunately he’s not around today.  He was only 24 years of age.  But that’s how we met, up in the City Hospital in the radiation department.

“There were 32 sessions I did and I’m just getting on my feet more or less after it.  It takes a lot out of you, a lot of fatigue but this trip is dedicated to the memory of John Stewart.  He has inspired me a hell of a lot.”

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