Purpose of the Fun Run
Raise awareness for health and fitness amongst the pupils and staff in Foyle College. Also to help
raise awareness of the work done by the NI Children’s Hospice in Northern Ireland and raise some
much needed funds. The Children’s hospice currently cares for 300 children annually, all with lifelimiting
conditions. Some of the children are cared for in the hospice itself, but most will be cared
for at home, through community nursing teams.
What is happening?
Fun run involves 26 pupils from the Foyle College Athletics Team and each will be running 1 mile.
The 26 miles covered by the pupils symbolises the distance of the marathon and ties in with staff
participation in both the recent London Marathon and the upcoming local Walled City Marathon.
Included with the pupils are Mrs Anita McDowell, a nurse from the Children’s Hospice and Foyle
College staff members Mrs Michaela Leonard & Mr Derek Harrington who are involved with the
running of Foyle College Athletics. Also included are Neil Stewart and Clive Austin, Neil has
completed the recent London Marathon for the second time and both are due to run the local
Walled City Marathon at the start of June. Clive is an experienced marathon runner having
completed 26 marathons in his running career.
The run today brings the fundraising efforts for the Children’s Hospice to a culmination and again the
pupils, staff and suppliers of Foyle College have made a massive effort and helped raise in excess of
£3,000 to help fund the ongoing costs of the Children’s Hospice.