Six local people are in training to walk the eight mile Belfast Marathon on Monday 2 May in memory of the late Trevor Winton.
Trevor who lived in Iveagh Drive and was originally from Lurgan sadly lost his battle with cancer last August at the age of 58.
He benefited from the excellent care and attention of the staff at the Southern Area Hospice in Newry.
Six of Trevor’s relatives, Kerry Patterson, Natalie Kerr, Craig Winton, Karen Winton, Robert Winton and Dawn Winton are currently in training to walk the Belfast Marathon in his memory and to help raise funds for the Hospice.
Supporting the charity marathon local Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said: “This is a lovely tribute to a dad, father in law and uncle who meant so much to each of them and all in aid of the Southern Area Hospice which cared so much for Trevor during the final few weeks of his life.
“Fundraising like this is absolutely essential to the running of the entirely voluntary Hospice service.
“It is an important community service of care for so many local people and their families.
“I know that all six are going to do the marathon in costume and they aren’t stopping there as they also have plans for a 7 aside football contest in the pipeline as well!
“I think it’s truly amazing that people want to give back to a service which has helped their family and I wish them all the best and encourage people to generously support them and in doing so their local Hospice.”
Details of how you can pledge can be found at their online Just Giving Page www.justgiving.com/Kerry-Patterson1 or by contacting Mrs Dobson’s Constituency Office. You can also pledge by texting PIOF64 followed by the amount to 70070.