The Power Tower Trio Obel in Background

Fitness enthusiast Keith Murphy who was diagnosed with leukaemia this year is encouraging people to sign up for CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland’s brand new event The Power Tower Trio.

The Power Tower Trio, taking place on Saturday 25th a 5k static bike ride, 1000m static row and then Power Up all 28 floors of The Obel – the tallest building in Ireland! All money raised will go directly towards building a much needed Home from Home for young people going through cancer treatment at Belfast City Hospital and their families.

You can take on this challenge as an individual or team up with two friends or colleagues to form a relay team. Or participants can choose to simply Power up the Tower and take part in the 28 floor stair climb.

Whichever event you chose, registration is £25 per person and participants are encouraged to raise as much as they can for the CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal.

Keith from Newmills in Co. Tyrone has taken part in many unusual challenges, including running 10 laps of Slieve Donard in 33 hours, marathons and is hoping to take part in an ironman event next year. However he was forced to put his fitness on hold when he took ill last year and after months of investigation was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

Having been given the news that he is in remission in March this year Keith credits exercise with helping his recovery.

“Before receiving my treatment I could barely walk up a hill but I’m now looking forward to taking part in challenge events again. The Power Tower Trio is a unique event which I will be encouraging all my friends to sign up to.

CLIC Sargent were a great support to me while I was in hospital and I know first hand the difference a Home from Home will make for teenagers and young adults at the City Hospital. Travelling up and down to the hospital for treatment is exhausting; to have a facility just across the road where you could stay for free would make a real difference.”

No one likes to think that cancer can affect children yet every week in Northern Ireland, two children and young people are diagnosed with cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately and can last for up to three years. Families in Northern Ireland make an average round trip of 95 miles, up to five times a week, to access the cancer treatment their child needs. This puts a big financial and emotional strain on families with the cost of travel and time spent away from home and other family members.

In March 2012 CLIC Sargent launched a £3.7 million appeal to develop two Homes from Home in Belfast. The Homes will provide free accommodation for families’ just minutes away from each hospital. They have already opened Paul’s House, the first Home from Home in Northern Ireland at the start of 2014 near the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and now urgently need to raise the remaining funds to build a second Home from Home, close to the Belfast City Hospital and NI Cancer October 2014, will see competitors complete Centre. All money raised from the event will help make that happen.

To find out more about the event and to register visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/northernirelandappeal

get in touch with Christine on 02890 725780 or email christine.mcclune@clicsargent.org.uk.

 

Keith Murphy and Jade Knowles

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