10 Aug 2022

Derry’s 'Coffee Girls' rally to support young mum on this year’s Foyle Hospice walk

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A group of Derry pals are getting together to do this year's Foyle Hospice Female Walk/Run in support of their friend who has Stage Two Breast cancer. Mum of three Lesley Kennedy was just 32 when she received the devastating news that she had Estrogen positive breast cancer. Within one year the disease had spread to her lungs, bones and liver. Now 35, Lesley has made it her aim to live as long as possible for her husband Lee and her three sons Ben 14, Jake 10 and Corey 8. The Maydown woman has done extensive research into her condition and has taken part in trials on new treatments. Bowled over by their friend’s positive attitude ‘The Coffee Girls’ have vowed to accompany her on this year’s Foyle Hospice Walk/Run. “Lesley is a keen runner but she been warned she is will be walking with the rest of the group so she doesn’t show us all up,” laughed ‘Coffee Girl’ Francine McLaughlin from Perfect Bliss Wedding Events. “We’ll be taking to the roads with our main lady Lesley to support her through the Female Hospice Walk/Run plus raise much needed funds for The Foyle Hospice. The other members of the group are Geraldine McLaughlin from Perfect Bliss Wedding Events, Jacqui Doherty from Eyecon Photography, Kiera Duddy from The Pickled Duck, on the square and out of town and Mandy O’Neill from the local Public Health Agency. “We call ourselves the 'Coffee Girls’ but there’s too much coffee drunk,” added Francine. “We are delighted to be with Lesley on the day to support her through the walk, keep her spirits and momentum up and of course head for a well-deserved coffee afterwards.”   Uplifting   The Coffee Girls have encouraged all Derry women to join with them on Sunday June 10 to aid the Foyle Hospice. “We need an uplifting level of public support to motivate all the other groups on the walk and fondly remember those whom the Foyle Hospice has kindly aided at the end of their journey,” added Francine. “Make a day of it with some family and friends and support a local charity that is the backbone to many a family in their time of need.” You can register for the Event online at or drop into the Fundraising Centre on the Culmore Road or the Shop in Waterloo Place

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