Claire O’Hanlon, MBE, who chairs Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Northern Irish Council, has clambered over three Irish peaks in just three weeks, often carrying nine year- old Luke, as they raised over £3,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Through their family fund, Leap for Luke, Claire has constantly organised huge numbers of volunteering and fundraising events, both for Muscular Dystrophy UK and other duchenne charities, ever since her son Luke was diagnosed with the condition, aged 13 months, in 2012. This was her latest activity for MDUK.
Luke is little, but he’s much heavier than he looks. Carrying him was definitely hard work but it was worth it. He has seen sights that he will never see again and we had wonderful times together.
My muscles may have aches for a few days each time but I think that’s a worthy sacrifice for helping in the fight against muscle wasting.
Dean Widd, Muscular Dystrophy UK Regional Development Manager in Scotland said:
Claire’s recent fundraising challenge in support of MDUK to complete three peaks across three weeks to raise £3,000 with her two sons Luke and Coen has truly been inspiring.
Many times Claire’s grit to move mountains for muscles was demonstrated as she carried Luke, who is now nine years old, up the peaks.
The weather was not always on the side for the three of them, however this did not stop their determined efforts in helping make every day count for those with muscular dystrophy – well done!
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