Donegal rector leads coast to coast walk

Rector David McClay, who was born and raised in Donegal, is leading a group of four ambitious walkers who set out from Donegal town today to walk all the way to Belfast.

Rector David McClay, who was born and raised in Donegal, is leading a group of four ambitious walkers who set out from Donegal town today to walk all the way to Belfast.

The coast to coast, 103-mile challenge is in aid of Willowfield Parish Church Hall Project. Rev McClay has ministered in inner city East Belfast for the last eleven years.

He will be joined by Church Army officer George Newell, Susan McFarland and Stuart Douglas. They set out from The Quay, Donegal town at 9am this morning and hope to arrive in Belfast on Friday.

Willowfield is an active Church of Ireland congregation on the Woodstock Road with the motto ‘in the community, for the community, in the city, for the city’.

The hall was built in the 1950s but needs a major upgrade to provide modern, comfortable facilities for the youth, children’s and community work run by the church. Several hundred people are helped by its organisations and the practical support offered by members each week.

The project is expected to cost £1 million and will represent a major investment in the area’s future. ll money raised from sponsors will go towards the refurbishment. To make a donation or find out more, contact the church office on 04890 457654.