Cheque presentation from the Charlie Beverland Foundation

Charlie Beverland was a well known local cricketer and rugby player and, once his playing days were over, for many years an Ulster Branch Rugby referee.  He sadly passed away in 2009 after a long struggle with liver cancer.  The Charlie Beverland Foundation was set up in his memory.

On the morning of 5th May, Belfast Marathon participants representing the Charlie Beverland Foundation met at La Mon Hotel in Castlereagh, ready for the tough challenges ahead and the prospect of raising significant funds for their chosen charities.

Sharon Millen receives a cheque from the Charlie Beverland Foundation

Sharon Millen receives a cheque from the Charlie Beverland Foundation

Before they left, they were joined by RVH Liver Support Group Vice-Chair Sharon Millen, who was looking forward to an altogether less strenuous day.  Sharon was proud on behalf of the Group to receive a cheque from the Foundation for £5,753.  This money was raised through a cycling event in the French Alps undertaken in July 2013 by friends of the Foundation, including ex-Irish rugby internationals Paddy Johns and Dennis McBride and ex-Irish Hockey internationals Jimmy Kirkwood and Billy McConnell.  They completed L’Etape de Tour, which is one of the more gruelling stages of the world’s premier cycle race, La Tour de France.

The RVH Liver Support Group is very grateful to the friends of the Foundation who helped raise this money and to Charlie’s daughter Megan who co-ordinated the fund raising and set up the cheque presentation on May Day morning.

As with all donations to the group, the money will be used judiciously in support of all who are dealing with liver disease – and their families and carers – throughout Northern Ireland.