Mairead makes a marathon effort in aid of Braveheartsni

Mairead Agnew is taking part in this years Belfast City Marathon to raise funds for Braveheartsni. (Submitted Picture).
Mairead Agnew is taking part in this years Belfast City Marathon to raise funds for Braveheartsni. (Submitted Picture).

A Ballymena woman is ready to make a truly marathon effort next month to raise funds for a local charity supporting young people with CHD.

Although a relative newcomer to running Mairead Agnew is taking part in this year’s Belfast City Marathon to raise funds for Braveheartsni.

Mairead started her running journey with ‘Cosy Sofa to 5K’ with Ballymena Runners in 2014 and she has been running ever since.

Over the past two years, she has taken part in the Belfast City Marathon Relay Race to raise funds for local charity, Braveheartsni.

Last year, Mairead joined the local slimming group ‘We Slim Together’ and with their guidance and support has managed to lose three stone. She has also continued running with Ballymena Runners and with their help has now completed three half marathons and the renowned ‘Race over the Glens’, held every New Year’s Day.

To support Braveheartsni this year, she decided to challenge herself further by running the full marathon and has spent the past four months in training for the task ahead.

The big hearted Ballymena woman will donate all money she raises to Braveheartsni, a local charity set up to support the needs of teenagers and young adults in Northern Ireland with congenital heart disease (CHD) with the primary focus on social and welfare care and patient and family support.

The charity also support the work of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) team at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

Braveheartsni provides a range of support including - patient and family support before, during and after hospital stays;

a pastoral and welfare befriendment service for Bravehearts and their families; liaison between, patient, family and ACHD team; direct support to ACHD team; facility, equipment and resource support for Cardiac Dept RVH Belfast Financial support and assistance through a grant funded scheme.

If you would like to support Mairead’s fundraising efforts for Braveheartsni text CHBH47 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 or by accessing the link https://www.justgiving.com/Mairead-Agnew2?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20160403_72534