Charity event in memory of young mother

A poignant fun run and walk will take place in Killygordon this weekend in memory of a young local mother who died just days after giving birth.

A poignant fun run and walk will take place in Killygordon this weekend in memory of a young local mother who died just days after giving birth.

The event has been organised for next Sunday afternoon to remember tragic Melissa Hamilton (nee Connolly) who was just 34 when she gave birth to her third daughter Grace just over a year ago.

Melissa, from Sallywood, Killygordon, had been told just six days previously that she had breast cancer.

Doctors at Letterkenny General Hospital thought it best for Melissa to give birth to her baby after just 28 weeks.

She had prepared herself to battle the cancer which had spread rapidly to her liver.

However, just eight days later on September 8, Melissa suddenly took a turn for the worse and passed away at the hospital.

Recently, a group of local people got together, along with Melissa’s husband Seamus, and decided to organise a happy, healthy event in her memory, while raising much needed money for two worthy charities.

All money raised on the day will go towards the Irish Cancer Society and Oscar Knox appeal.

The 5K charity walk/run will take place on Sunday, September 30, at 12.30 pm from the Red Hughs club house at Crossroads, Killygordon.

Registration starts from 11 am. Following the run, there will be a range of family fun activities as well as the Melissa Hamilton Memorial Cup match starting at 2.30 pm.