100 miles for David

100 miles for David

Jonathan Lewis and Gary Kernaghan are fundraising with all proceeds going towards Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.

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Two Donaghacloney men are remembering their former friend by running, cycling and motorcycling 100 miles each this month.

Jonathan Lewis and Gary Kernaghan are taking to the roads in memory of their friend David Sleith who passed away in January this year.

David, who lived in Banbridge with his wife Kathy, sadly passed away at his home at the start of this year at the age of 49 after an illness.

Having trained to become a pilot, David was also a member of Ballydown Motorcycle Club and once raced the Tandragee 100 circuit.

The former Royal School Armagh pupil was widely known in local circles and had two children, Peter and Lauren.

It was David’s love of the outdoors and exercise that led to Jonathan and Gary to complete the challenge this month in order to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.

“David passed away in January and we never really got to say goodbye,” Jonathan said.

“Therefore, we are doing in this in his memory as he was a great supporter of Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.

“I asked his wife Kathy if we could fundraise on behalf of David and she was delighted.

“David had set-up two relay teams to do the Belfast marathon but the dates changed because of the pandemic and then he passed away.

“David always liked a challenge and even when he was low in energy he always tried to help or give support from the side lines.

“As such, we hope we can do him proud by completing our own challenge.”

The pair have set a fundraising target of £500 and have already been busy clocking up the miles.

“We have a target of £500 and have set-up a JustGiving page to reach our goal,” Jonathan added.

“David loved cycling, running and motorcycling so we are doing something that we all three of us enjoyed whilst he was with us.

“We have been busy on the roads and we have a few sore legs so far but we are continuing to push hard and complete this for David.”

You can donate to their JustGiving page at the following link HERE

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