Action Cancer urges volunteers to tackle two of the ‘Seven Sisters’

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A leading charity has thrown down the gauntlet to volunteers urging them to lace up their hiking boots and tackle the two most famous peaks of the Derryveagh mountains this spring in order to raise funds for cancer support.

The Donegal 2 Peak Challenge, which takes place over March 19-20 will incorporate two of Ireland’s most impressive mountains, Errigal and Muckish.

Action Cancer Events Officer Leigh Chamberlain commented: “This is a new and exciting event for the charity and expect places to fill up very quickly. We are asking participants to raise just £300 which will allow the charity to provide 7 counselling sessions to someone affected by cancer or 12 Health Checks for individuals who want assess their general well being.

“All funds raised stay within Northern Ireland meaning participants are funding services within their own local communities.”

Led by a team of fully qualified and expert mountain guides, participants will begin the two day challenge on Saturday, March 19 with the 751m climb of Mount Errigal followed by an overnight stay in the Errigal Hostel.

The hard work continues the next day with the 666m climb of Muckish. Participants will need to be physically fit and will need to train in order to complete the challenge however all the hard work will pay off when participants reach the top and see the amazing views from the mountain summits. Errigal boasts spectacular views of the Donegal coast and islands, while Muckish has amazing panoramic views of the surrounding area Donegal countryside including routes of the Glover Highland Walk.