Cookstown runner’s 60-mile charity jog raises over £8,000

Joe Curry hands over the proceeds of his 60 mile run to Moira
 Shaw Volunteer Fundraiser Mid Ulster Area of the Alzheimers Society.
Joe Curry hands over the proceeds of his 60 mile run to Moira Shaw Volunteer Fundraiser Mid Ulster Area of the Alzheimers Society.

Cookstown athlete Joe Curry has handed over the proceeds of his 60-mile run at the start of the year to Alzheimer’s Society Mid Ulster Area.

Joe’s run took place on his 60th birthday (January 30) and brought in a magnificent £8111.45 for the Society - the figure does not include gift aid still to be claimed.

The Sperrin Harrier’s determination got him through the event when he faced sub zero temperatures, snow and black ice to complete this formidable challenge in approximately 13 hours.

Joe was supported by a group of friends and family who spurred him on throughout the event and he never entertained the possibility that he would not complete this mammoth task no matter what the weather threw at him.

“I really enjoyed the event and would like to take this opportunity to thank friends and family for their wonderful support,” he told the Mail.

“The Sperrin Harriers deserve a special mention together with my Support Team who accompanied me throughout my fund raising event.

“When I was getting it tough I thought of those affected by dementia and this spurred me on to complete the task as the Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them, I am very proud that all my fund raising efforts for the charity will help make a real difference.”

Moira Shaw Volunteer Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in the Mid Ulster Area said: “We are extremely grateful to Joe and all the time and energy he put into this unbelievable event for the Alzheimer’s Society. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Joe to help us support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”

Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them

Research by the Society shows that 850,000 people in the UK now have a form of dementia. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. And this is expected to soar to two million people by 2051.

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