Christopher McGonnell

A charity climb of Slieve Donard in Co Down has been planned for Sunday 19th April to support Christopher McGonnell from Monaghan who has an aggressive form of MS.  At the minute Christopher’s life is taken up with attending weekly oxygen chamber sessions, physiotherapy, acupuncture, gym and pool to try and maintain the bodily functions that he has. He has tried every kind of treatment available in Ireland, and still the disease is progressing. The stem cell treatment will require being in Russia for 32 days, hopefully he will be travelling to Russia on the 10th May and treatment will commence on the 12th. This stem cell treatment will give Christopher his only chance at having some kind of quality of life and a future. Christopher’s needs are urgent, so if you can help at all (while respecting the current circumstances and restrictions), perhaps try and raise €100 per person, but the more the better! If you can help please contact 0876654278.

A Go Fund Me page has also been set up to raise €50,000, you can donate by clicking on this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/christophers-ms-journey?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR2nFuVcd0jI9OST4Tf7r2phkB3gWFNen3dD1oVJ2qlRPzrLCGn4XvSC1fk

Very informative piece on the Slieve Donard route here: https://outsider.ie/ireland/hiking-slieve-donard/ Slieve Donard in Co Down is 850m high, and is a relatively short walk, just 4.6km one way from the car park to the summit, although it is fairly steep in places. The height of Slieve Donard is 850m so the views are well worth the effort. The route is good for less experienced hikers who want a shorter walk but still be rewarded with great views.