Industry’s intrepid walking duo to cross Ireland on foot as part of latest charity mission

Two of the industry’s most intrepid hikers are set to pull on their walking boots again in the name of charity.

Last year Duncan Hepburn of Hepburn Associates and James Connolly of Celltherm Coldrooms completed a west-to-east-coast trek of Scotland.

And now they are set to repeat the feat later this week, but this time they intend to cover the breadth of Ireland.

The pair will set off this Friday from the Galway Bay at Salthill in the west of Ireland and arrive at Dublin Bay on the east coast a week later, covering some 150 miles in the process.

They will once again be raising funds for the Brightest Star, a charity which offers vital assistance and a free bereavement counselling service to parents and siblings whom have tragically lost a child.

They will also be donating funds to Pieta House in Dublin after learning recently that the biggest killer of males in Ireland under 25 is suicide. Pieta House is a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours.

“We welcome every ounce of moral as well as financial support as it is a significant feat for the team,” said Mr Connolly. “Last year our industry was very generous in their donations and support, which raised over £4,000 including Gift Aid. We would again ask everyone to dig deep for this vital charity to continue its great work.”

The duo, who last year set up a walking initiative for the catering equipment industry, will be joined on their expedition by Ben Brown, a rambler colleague and member of the Northumbria Walking Group based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Given the three will walk close to a marathon distance every day for eight days, there is every chance that their now-regular carpool karaoke at the end of each leg will make a return. “It kept us going in the tougher stages of the walk last year and amused a few people and made us laugh at ourselves if anything,” said Mr Connolly.

Those wishing to support the team on their mission by pledging a donation can do so HERE.

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