first_imgLiam Porter and Clare McCahill who organised the Errigal Tweet Up pictured with Maura Toner of Childhood Cancer Foundation.Members of the 3rd Donegal Scout Troop from Raphoe Eleanor Duffy, Jessica Duffy, Maggie McKnight, Isaac Stowe and Mark McCarron who came along to provide refreshments at the Errigal Tweet Up on Sunday courtesy of Edward Coyle, Centre, Raphoe.Gerard Murray (former Donegal Mountain Rescue Volunteer) and his 9-month-old daughter Lauren pictured before the climb on Sunday.Members of Emmet Rushe’s RusheFitness group who came to climb Errigal for Childhood Cancer Foundation on Sunday.Maura Toner and her daughter Emer and Virginia Murray and her daughter Ciara pictured at the Errigal Tweet Up. Both Emer and Ciara are cancer survivors who climbed the mountain with the group on Sunday.FEATURES: “There’s gold in those hills,” took on a whole new meaning on Sunday when over 70 climbers from all over Donegal scaled Errigal as part of the 4th annual Tweet-Up in aid of Light it Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Foundation.In the Sunday morning sunshine there was a huge buzz of anticipation at the base-camp at the mountain car park before 10am and the climb proved to be one of the most successful ever. Tweet Up organisers Clare McCahill from Ramelton and Liam Porter from Raphoe said they were astounded at the turn out.“The climb has always been tied in with charity so we felt this was a perfect opportunity to tie in with a group who have their campaign running in September.We really didn’t know how many people would be here and thought we’d have an amazing response if 50 people arrived. To have more than 70 climb was just unbelievable,” Clare said.Indeed one of the biggest thrills of the day for all the climbers was to see two astounding young superheroes – Emer Toner and Ciara Murray, two brave girls who have survived cancer – bound up and down the mountain like the owned it! “Everyone there was very mindful of why we were climbing. For most of us we couldn’t even bear to imagine what it would be like to have a child suffer from cancer. To have children who have been there and their families who supported them, on the mountain with us climbing, was a very inspirational and humbling experience.The cause is one close to my heart because my cousin’s young son Senan, aged just two, suffers from a rare form of cancer and needs treatment in France,” Liam added.Having made it up and down the mountain again safely, climbers were treated to hearty soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and specially made buns all courtesy of Raphoe Scout Troop and Centra in Raphoe.“It’s an indication of the amazing community spirit we have in this county that the Raphoe Scouts were only too eager to come along to help. I think every one of the climbers was glad to see Maggie, Mark, Eleanor, Jessica and Isaac at the foot of the mountain with their refreshments and that was made possible of course through generous sponsorship from Edward Coyle from Centra in Raphoe,” Liam added.At the base of the mountain Maura Toner and Virginia Murray who spearhead the Childhood Cancer Foundation in Donegal thanked all the climbers and gave them an insight into the work of the organisation.Maura, who lives on Inch Island and whose 8-year-old daughter Emer is in remission from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma explained that Childhood Cancer Foundation’s overarching mission is to spread awareness of childhood cancer. “Increased awareness will improve early detection and increase understanding among policy makers and communities. That will hopefully reduce the isolation of families going through childhood cancer treatment and side effects,” she said.ERRIGAL GOES GOLD FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more