Martin McGuinness charity walk to aid research

Sinn Féin president elect Mary Lou McDonald (centre) was among those at the launch of the Chieftain's Walk yesterday. The charity walk is taking place in memory of Martin McGuinness
Gareth McKeown

THE family of the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness have launched a charity walk in his honour to help raise awareness of the condition which claimed his life.

Sinn Féin president elect Mary Lou McDonald joined the McGuinness family yesterday to announce the 'Chieftains Walk', set to take place on March 25.

The charity walk, which will go from Glenowen in Deery to Grianán, Co Donegal is to raise funds for the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital and to help raise awareness of amyloidosis, the rare genetic disease Mr McGuinness was diagnosed with before his death in March of last year.

The disease causes a build-up of abnormal proteins on the body’s vital organs and affects a small number of people in Ireland and Britain

Speaking at the launch event at Grianán Fort on Sunday, Martin's son Fiachra McGuinness said starting the charity walk was the "obvious thing to do".

“Grianán was a very special place for my father. He loved to walk up to the fort so when we were considering an event to hold in his memory, a walk from Glenowen to Grianán was the obvious thing to do."

“We are hoping as many people as possible will get involved and register online to take part. We want to raise awareness about amyloidosis and all proceeds will go to the North West Cancer Centre at

Altnagelvin Hospital, which again is something very much associated with my father. He was a driving force behind ensuring the centre was established in the first place and it will be fitting if his legacy can help support the fantastic service being provided there.”

Every registered participant in The Chieftains Walk will receive a commemorative medal. Entry fee is £10 and you can register via the Chieftain's Walk Facebook page or online at



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