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Hiking for Little Heroes organised a 24 hour walking challenge, with 800 participants taking part to raise £122k.

On Saturday 6th August, Hiking for Little Heroes, along with over 800 participants took part in a mega 24-hour walking challenge at Craigavon Lakes, raising an incredible £122,524 in support of children and families impacted by cancer.

Hiking for little heroes is made up of friends from across Northern Ireland who have been fundraising for the past 18 months. Their fundraising challenges are inspired by local cancer stories, and this incredible test of dedication and endurance was inspired by Adam Watson who passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia earlier in the month and whose father, David Watson, helped organise the event.

“We are so grateful to Hiking for Little Heroes for this phenomenal fundraising effort and to everyone who took part and supported on the day. Adam was a very special and inspirational young man who we had the pleasure to know and support throughout his cancer diagnosis and our thoughts are with his parents, David and Sara, his friends and family and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

He raised a lot of awareness through his own B Positive with Adam campaign, and we are so proud to be able to use the money from this event to ensure no child across Ireland has to face cancer alone.”

Phil Alexander, CEO of Cancer Fund for Children

Across the past 18 months, this group have raised in excess of £240,000 for children’s cancer charities across Northern Ireland. The group of avid adventurers are also planning to take on Mount Kilimanjaro in January of next year. The 24 Hours for Little Heroes event has been kindly sponsored by Wilsons Auctions and Road Trucks LTD.