On Saturday 28th September Darren McCluney presented a cheque for £904 to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Donkey Assisted Therapy centre in Belfast after completing three extreme fundraising events.
Darren completed three tough sporting challenges including Hell and Back in Wicklow, Ireland in June, Total Warrior in the Lake District in August and local event Lap the Lough in August which is a 130km cycle around Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland.
Darren McCluney says: “With me taking part in all of these events I thought I should try and raise some money for a worthy cause and I chose The Donkey Sanctuary. They are a fantastic charity who not only rescue and re-home donkeys but also provide Donkey Assisted Therapy to children with additional needs and disabilities. My younger brother Ian, who has Down’s syndrome, also volunteers at the Belfast centre and gets so much enjoyment and fulfilment out of it.”
Tina Symington, manager of The Donkey Sanctuary’s Donkey Assisted Therapy centre in Belfast, says: “Darren raised an amazing £904.00 for us and we are extremely grateful for his support and dedication. We have so many children visiting us for therapy sessions, both with their family or in groups from local schools and it’s wonderful to have people support our work in this way.”
Through active fundraising and generous donations, the centre is able to provide therapeutic riding sessions to around 150 local children with additional needs each week, and outreach therapy services to residential homes and hospices.