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23/09/2021

Fundraising charity cycle to take place next weekend in memory of young Derry boy who died several years ago

A charity cycle will take place from Derry to Donegal next weekend in memory of a little boy who died several years ago. Conor McKinney-McCallion passed away at the age of three as a result of a rare condition called Niemann Pick. During his illness, Conor and his family received great support from the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. The event will take place on Saturday, September 1, which would have been Conor’s 8th birthday. The 50-mile cycle, which begins at St Columb’s Park House at 9am, will run from Derry to Magilligan, then over to Greencastle via the ferry and back to Derry. Speaking ahead of the event, organiser, Junior Morrison said it was aimed at supporting the vital work carried out by the Children’s Hospice. “During Conor’s illness everyone was deeply touched by the care and professionalism offered by the Children’s Hospice nursing team,” he said. “This event is an opportunity to highlight the fantastic care that Conor and his family received as well as an opportunity to support the work of the Specialist care team of the Children’s Hospice”. He continued: “We would also like to thank the many people who have supported the event, especially Foyle Cycling Club, St Columb’s Park House and local businesses in the Waterside”. This event is not a race and open to all abilities. Those who feel they might not be able to complete the full 50 miles are invited to consider doing half of it, as support will be available. Registration begins at 8.30am and cycle begins at 9am. Cost is £20 per cyclist. Further information can be obtained from Junior at 07985401192, Stephen at 07756482621 or Noel at 07730064924.

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