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Retired teacher takes on fundraising mission

15 January 2020

A retired St Paul’s teacher raised a total of £4,500 throughout 2019, which is set to be donated to a number of charities. 

Danny McSherry (70), who taught in the Bessbrook high school for 30 years, has been a community vision coordinator for 15 years with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). He has taken upon himself the challenge of raising funds to make life better for others.

During Holy Week in April 2019, Danny climbed 15 peaks in the Mourne Mountains, over a period of five days - hiking an average of 10 miles per day. During the year, he climbed Slieve Donard on five different occasions, supporting the Southern Area Hospice and Kid’s Cancer Fund (in aid of Lauren’s Adventures). He also donated to Air Ambulance NI, Avila Nursing Home (Patients Comfort Fund) in Bessbrook, the Head Injury support Group, Cycle Against Suicide, Lupus UK, along with five other smaller charities and individuals who suffered severe trauma during the year.

As well as hiking, Danny spends his time tandem cycling with blind people. He developed a passion for this when working with the RNIB. He has tandem cycled in various countries across the world with cyclists who have sight loss or have no sight. 

These trips have taken him to Majorca, Canada, Italy, Mexico and throughout Ireland and the UK over the years. 

He took part in the annual 10-day Cycle Against Suicide in Ireland and on four occasions completed the Mizen to Malin challenge for different charities. 

He completed the Maynooth to Galway cycle in support of Vision Sport Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, the Wicklow 200 and the Great Dublin bike ride. In 2018 a German film company produced a film of how the bicycle is used as a form of transport in Ireland and the two local tandem bike clubs from Newry and Dundalk were involved. 

Danny and his club Tandeming Together have received various accolades from Disability Sport NI for their work in supporting people with visual and physical disabilities.

The club loans out tandem bicycles to such people who wish to try it out before they buy on an on-going basis. For more information contact 07720 838 681 or email; danny.mcsherry@hotmail.co.uk.

Danny wishes to thank everyone who supported him throughout the year taking sponsor cards, making donations from individuals and companies and others who so kindly gave via Facebook and other internet fundraising pages. He says he ‘is so grateful and proud’ of people who are ‘helping to make life better for others’.

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