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Castlewellan Cyclist Raises £865 For Aware Defeat Depression
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A Castlewellan cyclist who peddled his way around Lough Neagh for charity has raised over £800 to help people suffering from depression.

Peadar Curran, a photography technician at Down County Museum in Downpatrick, took on the 85-mile Lap the Lough challenge in August to raise money for Aware Defeat Depression.

Peadar Curran, right, presents a cheque for £865 to xx of Aware Defeat Depression.

Peadar Curran, right, presents a cheque for £865 to Kieran Hughes, Fundraising Officer for Aware Defeat Depression, after his 85-mile lap of Lough Neagh.

Last week Peadar, a member of Shimna Wheelers Cycling Club in Newcastle, presented the mental health charity with a cheque for £865.

Peadar said he couldn’t have raised the money without the generous help of his family and friends and added:

“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported my efforts and donated to such a fabulous charity,”

“Aware Defeat Depression will use all this money to help people affected by depression. They provide invaluable support to those in our local community battling with depression on a daily basis.

“It was a great experience taking part in this charity ride. It was the first time I have actually done a charity event and fundraised. People were so helpful.

“I know from personal experience through my own life and knowing other people how difficult depression can be. It can be quite devastating and is potentially a route to suicide. We must do what we can to fight this on all fronts. There are so many sufferers, especially young people, and the signs are not always easy to recognise.

“On the day of the road run there were hundreds of people there taking part. This is a very well supported event and the message is getting out that we have to do something to recognise this important health issue.  It took me six hours roughly to complete the full course of 85 miles. There was plenty of craic and company along the way. It was a very enjoyable experience.

“When I was younger I was involved in motorbiking then moved to cycling more recently to get exercise. I joined the Shimna Wheelers earlier this year and began doing 10 and 20 cycles. I built myself up and can handle the long distances now. During the Lap of the Lough, the weather was brilliant so it made the experience all the more enjoyable.”

Kieran Hughes, Fundraising Officer with Aware Defeat Depression, congratulated Peadar and said: “Peadar’s donation will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by depression.

“His donation will go directly towards our community services, including our Helpline and support groups, as well as our education programmes delivered in schools and other group settings.”