Several thousand take part in 'Chieftain's Walk' in memory of Martin McGuinness
SEVERAL thousand people have taken part in a cross-border charity walk in memory of Martin McGuinness.
'The Chieftain’s Walk' set off from the Glenowen area of Derry yesterday afternoon and made its way to the ancient Grianan Fort in Burt.
The walk was held to raise funds for the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital and to spread awareness of amyloidosis, the rare condition Sinn Féin’s former northern leader was diagnosed with early last year.
Martin McGuinness, a former Foyle MLA, passed away on March 21 last year after a short battle with the rare illness.
Yesterday’s seven-mile trek was a favourite of the keen outdoorsman and was attended by his wife Bernie, sons Fiachra and Emmett, and daughters Finnuala and Grainne.
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, northern leader Michelle O’Neill and former party leader Gerry Adams took part in the walk.
Last week, a portrait of Martin McGuinness was unveiled at Stormont the day after the anniversary of his death.
It will now hang in the same corridors as a painting of the late Ian Paisley – the man Mr McGuinness struck an unlikely friendship with as they led Northern Ireland together.