A Donegal clergyman is on course to raise €10,000 for the Donegal Hospice after cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head.
Rev. David Crooks of Taughboyne Rectory in Carrigans set off for Cork on July 4th and completed the journey ten days later after cycling up to 40 miles a day.
So far he has raised almost €7,000 for the cycle and is hoping the total will reach the €10,000 mark.
The ten day cycling included one rest day as he waited for a change in support drivers. He was accompanied by a support van driven by Ian Latta from Carrigans, Morris Healy from Netowncunningham and Tom Timoney from Derry. The car was supplied by Columba Brown Motors in Porthall.
Thanks to financial support from a number of sponsors which paid for accommodation and fuel costs Rev Crooks says every cent he has raised will go to the Donegal Hospice. The sponsors were Coyle’s Centra in Raphoe; Raphoe Hardware and Grain; Bishop Philip Boyce; the Right Rev. Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe and Ken Monaghan of Letterkenny.
“Hopefully more would come in and I would be very pleased if I made it to €10,000,” Rev Crooks said. “I was a bit sore at the beginning but I got used to it and it was no bother after that. I started about 10.30 every morning and cycled until mid afternoon and cycled on to tea time and bedded down for the night somewhere. It worked out very well and I had just one puncture on the way. I want to thank everybody who donated so much money to the hospice. The hospice is such a good cause and it is something that we all sooner or later need either directly or indirectly. The staff there are very good and work very hard to give people a very dignified end to their lives in this world, free of as much pain as possible.”
Anyone wishing to give a donation for the cycle can do so through the Ulster Bank in Raphoe using the Sponsored Cycle Account. Account number: 10465862.