Conquer the Seven Highest Peaks in the Mourne Mountains for Action Cancer

27 March 2019

Action Cancer is calling on men and women across Northern Ireland to lace up their walking boots and take on the Seven Peaks Challenge on Saturday 25th May to save lives and support local people affected by cancer.

This hiking challenge involves climbing to the summit of the seven peaks in the Mourne Mountains that are 700m or more above sea level. Participants will set off from Donard Car Park trekking through Donard Wood and following the Glen River to reach the formidable Mourne Wall which will guide the way to the summit of Slieve Donard.

Standing tall at 850m above sea level, Donard is Northern Ireland’s highest peak and the perfect launch point for successfully completing the further six peaks: Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Bernagh, Slieve Meelmore, Slieve Meelberg, Slieve Binnian and finally Slieve Lamagan. The challenge will be led by experienced and fully qualified mountain guides ensuring a safe and enjoyable day out for all.

Speaking on behalf of Action Cancer, Lynn Sanderson, Treks & Activities Executive commented:

“The Seven Peaks Challenge offers a great opportunity for people of all ages throughout Northern Ireland to put their feet to the test to raise vital funds for Action Cancer, Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity. Whether you want to test your own limits, challenge your colleagues to an active team-building event or simply gather friends and family for a fun day in the great outdoors – the Seven Peaks Challenge offers something for everyone and we encourage everyone to get involved and register for this fantastic event.

“The cost to register is £50 per person and we are asking participants to raise £250 in sponsorship which goes directly to the provision of Action Cancer’s prevention, detection and support services. We can’t guarantee good weather on the day but we can guarantee that every penny raised by event participants will help in Action Cancer’s mission of saving lives and supporting local people affected by cancer.”

Every year Action Cancer provides a range of cancer detection, prevention and support services across Northern Ireland which costs £4m annually to fund. The unique breast screening service delivered by Action Cancer is available to women aged 40 – 49 and over 70 who fall outside the NHS screening range (50-70).

The local charity provides therapeutic support in the form of counselling and complementary therapy to those living with cancer or supporting a loved one with their diagnosis which is available to both adults and children from age five. A peer mentoring service is also available for people dealing with their diagnosis. Other therapeutic support services include acupuncture, scar therapy, physiotherapy, yoga and Pilates, one-to-one and group life coaching and educational events. 

Action Cancer works closely with schools throughout the Province to deliver a Health Promotion Programme, raising awareness of how to minimise the risk of cancer through practical health and lifestyle choices and M.O.T. health checks.

The Health Promotion Programme, M.O.T health checks and breast screening services are made available to everyone at Action Cancer House in Belfast and regionally in selected venues across the country or on the Action Cancer Big Bus, which is supported by Supervalu and its independent retailers.

The Seven Peaks Challenge will take place on Saturday 25th May and is open to anyone over the age of 11 and includes individuals, groups or organisations. Each participant will be fully supported by Action Cancer’s Fundraising Team who are on hand to provide advice, motivation and support to ensure that they easily meet their fundraising target as well as training events to ensure all participants are suitably fit to complete the challenge. For more information on the event, or to secure your place today please contact Action Cancer on 028 9080 3349 or email [email protected].