Friday 10 July 2009


A team of charity runners from Isaac Agnew Volkswagen completed the Belfast City marathon, for the first time, raising over £450 for a children’s charity.

The Isaac Agnew relay team, who completed the race in just over four hours, raised money for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

All but one of the five strong relay team were complete novices but decided to take on the worthy challenge encouraged by their work colleagues from the Boucher Road Volkswagen retailer.

Each member of the team ran a range of distances from 3.5 miles to 7.2 miles, finishing 905th out of 2009 relay teams that entered.

Team leader, Desi O’Neill was delighted with everyone’s efforts. He said: “Everyone did so well, especially considering the weather. It was a tough challenge for the beginner runners but we were all delighted to have raised funds for the Children’s Hospice, their work is invaluable.

“Isaac Agnew kindly supported the team by providing our kit and paying our entry fee. The buzz from this year’s race has encouraged more colleagues to support next year’s event."

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice fundraiser Caroline Greer said: “It was a tough race in poor weather conditions so we are very grateful to the Isaac Agnew team for all their fundraising efforts.”

Brain Robinson brand manager at Isaac Agnew said: “We were very happy to support our staff team and expect this will become an annual charity event for Isaac Agnew.”

The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice provides respite services, support services and end of life care for children and families across Northern Ireland. Horizon House, the children’s hospice in Newtownabbey, offers a home from home environment for children and their families to feel safe and supported during these difficult times.

Picture caption: (l-r) Members of the Isaac Agnew team hand over their fundraising efforts. Lisa Hancock, service advisor, Gordon Canning, parts advisor, Desi O’Neill, site supervisor, Caroline Greer Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice fundraiser and Neil McEllone, service advisor.

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