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Peak climb for charity

Eleven staff from a Northern Ireland-based security company will be putting their best feet forward to climb Northern Ireland’s highest peak, the Slieve Donard, in aid of Cancer Fund for Children.

As part of a newly-announced partnership with the charity, the Mercury Security Management staff will be hiking 2,550ft and travelling 5.8 miles up the mountain on Sunday, May 28 to raise money. Mercury will also be providing security assistance – including keyholding and alarm response services – for the charity’s short break facility, Daisy Lodge, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, and its offices in Belfast.

And on World Children’s Day (June 1), Mercury will be donating all call-out charges from its mobile response team and its fire and security division to the charity.

Speaking about the upcoming challenge, Mercury director Francis Cullen said: “Cancer Fund for Children does amazing work for families throughout Northern Ireland and we are delighted to announce our partnership with the charity going forward. As part of our ongoing relationship, we hope to provide this essential charity with some much-needed funds as well as security assistance across its various properties.”

Lauren Cunningham, Corporate Fundraiser at Cancer Fund for Children said: “We would like to thank Mercury Security for its generous support of our charity – in both raising funds and providing security to our facilities, as well as essential First Aid training to Cancer Fund for Children staff at a hugely discounted rate. We’d like to wish everyone the best of luck as they embark on their Slieve Donard climb and remind them that every step they take will make a difference to the children and young people who are cared for by Cancer Fund for Children. Hopefully that will be all the motivation they need to make it to the top.

“Every week in Northern Ireland, three children, teenagers or young adults, aged between 0-24 years, are diagnosed with cancer and our team of experienced specialists helps families cope with the impact cancer has on their lives, and supports them through life during and after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement. Every donation is much needed to ensure we continue to provide this valuable service.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the Mercury team and help support Cancer Fund for Children can donate via

Pictured left to right are Paul Heaney from Mercury Security Management, Lauren Cunningham from Cancer Fund for Children and Amy Dickson and Francis Cullen also of Mercury Security Management at Cancer Fund for Children’s Daisy Lodge.

About Cancer Fund for Children

The charity provides practical, financial and therapeutic support to children, teenagers and young adults living with cancer, and their families. The charity works with over 350 families and 800 young people at any one time. Daisy Lodge, is Cancer Fund for Children’s 16,000 sq. ft. purpose built therapeutic and wellbeing centre at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Newcastle, County Down, dedicated to families nursing a child with cancer.


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