Man treks across Europe in aid of ‘amazing mum’

A Northern Ireland man is undertaking a 1,500 mile trek he’s entitled the ‘Long Walk Home’ in memory his mum.

Eamonn Donnelly’s mum lived with dementia, and Eamonn wants to do all he can to raise money to help fight the disease.

Eamonn said: “Several years ago mum passed away after suffering from a rare and aggressive form of dementia. There were many sad moments during mum’s illness and there have been many sad moments since her death. But we can deal with the sadness and grief as we are a strong family and support each other.

“One feeling though stands out as particularly frustrating, the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness – that nothing could be done to alleviate the symptoms or slow down the progression of the disease, let alone cure it…nothing.

“I believe strongly that this needs to change and more needs to be done to find answers to even the most fundamental questions surrounding this disease. The Long Walk Home is a very small step along the way to doing just that, while also honouring the life of an amazing woman.”

Eamonn is completing the trek with friend Sepp, which will see them travel through Hitzendorf in Austria, Germany, France, England and Wales before arriving in Northern Ireland.

Eamonn’s sister Patricia works at Dunlarg Care Home in County Armagh, and the home is gearing up to welcoming the gentleman back onto Northern Irish soil.

Pat Graham, Home Manager, said: “We’re all looking forward to seeing the guys when they arrive here in September. We’re going to hold a big party/fundraiser in their honour. Good luck guys”

The money raised will go towards supporting dementia research including supporting the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.

To get involved in the party in September contact Dunlarg Care Home on 028 3753 0858.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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