Walk relaunched in memory of Gerry

A FORMER Loughbrickland teacher is to remembered with a relaunch of the special towpath walk he founded five decades ago.

Gerry David, who had been diagnosed with MS and died in 2002, was a member of the MS Society Newry branch.

During his time with the charity he raised more than £50,000 to fund research into the condition.

In his honour, the MS Society Newry will host a special towpath walk on Sunday August 26 in recognition of his work for the charity and to help raise further funds.

Margaret O’Hare, Chair of the MS Society Newry said: “Gerry Davis initiated this towpath walk in 1990 and, after a few years without this event, we decided it was the perfect time to relaunch this fundraiser in his memory.

“Gerry lived with MS for many years and was incredibly dedicated to funding research to improve the lives of people with MS and ultimately to find a cure. We’d like to continue that legacy and would encourage local people to join us for what is sure to be a fun day out”.

The ‘Gerry Davis MS Walk’ offers a great way for all the family to get active and join the fight to beat MS.

The towpath walk will begin at 12 noon from the car park opposite Sand’s Mill and will continue along the towpath via Jerrettspass onto Poyntzpass taking in some of the beautiful local scenery along the way. Refreshments will be available including some well-earned tea/coffee and sandwiches at the end of the route in the Parochial House, Poyntzpass.

To register for the ‘Gerry Davis MS Walk’ contact MS Society Newry on 02330835657 or pick up a registration form at Murphy’s Shop, Barr or by calling Margaret O’Hare on 07969989070. Registration fee is £10 per person or £20 per family and all sponsorship will go towards funding the local MS Society.