Ian Orr ‘s Charitable Run in Memory of his Brother
On September 1st, 2019 chef patron Ian Orr of the Browns Bonds Hill Collection and his dad Billy, ran the 38th Waterside Half Marathon in aid of Cancer Fund for Children. The pair took on the trying 13.1 miles and raised a phenomenal £3,621.85 in memory of their late brother and son, Gary Orr.
Gary was just 17 years old when he passed away from Leukaemia in 2004. Cancer Fund for Children’s team of Cancer Support Specialists were there for Gary when he undertook his treatment as well as offering support for the entire family. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the necessary clinical care. There is a family life that needs to be rebuilt and care needed for the whole families emotional wellbeing. That is what Cancer Fund for Children are here for. To support families across all of Northern Ireland at a time when it is most needed. The charity empower, connect and strengthen young people and their families so they feel better equipped to deal with the emotional impact cancer has on their loves.
Billy Orr is a long-time member of the Foyle Valley Athletic Club and this year’s Waterside Half Marathon was his 21st time participating. For Ian, this was his first half marathon challenge and he was more than put through his paces by Billy in preparation for the big day. Both recognise the importance of physical activity in maintaining positive emotional wellbeing, especially while working in the very demanding hospitality sector.
This linked with their first-hand experience with Cancer Fund for Children inspired them to go above and beyond with their training and fundraising and thanks to their energy, enthusiasm and dedication these past few months, their amazing achievement will ensure we can continue to support young people affected by cancer all through the Christmas period.
Speaking of their experience on the day and the amazing total raised, Ian had this to say:
“There are so many fantastic charities doing unbelievable work in the community, but there’s a really poignant reason why we chose the Cancer Fund for Children; they provided support not only to Gary, but to all our immediate family and I know that the funds raised will help the ongoing work of providing support to children and their families throughout Ireland who have sadly been affected by cancer”.
Cancer Fund for Children’s Corporate Fundraiser, Alex Murdock added:
“On behalf of Cancer Fund for Children, I cannot express our thanks enough to Ian and Billy for taking on such a fantastic challenge. Not only is it a massive achievement for both having completed their 21st and 1st Waterside Half Marathon respectively, but the funds they have raised in memory of Gary is such a beautiful way to honour him and keep him alive in the memories if all those who loved him. This donation will help us to support many more families affected by cancer across Northern Ireland and we could not do this without the support of our local community and people such as Ian and Billy. Congratulations and your incredible achievements and thank you most sincerely for all of your support. A massive thank also to all of their family, friends and customers who got behind them for the challenge by donating or offering words of encouragement. They could not have done it without you.”