A Portadown man recently took part in one of the world’s greatest half marathons in memory of his six-year-old nephew, Oran Creaney.
Aaron Murphy decided to tackle The Great North Run to raise vital funds for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust - a charity that has become very dear to him since his nephew Oran passed away.
Due to the popularity of the running event, budding athletes must enter a ballot in order to be in with a chance of participating. Despite never having run a half marathon before, Aaron applied for the ballot with several friends, but believed his chances of success were slim.
“Oran must have been looking down on me and saying, ‘I want to see this’, as, lo and behold, I was the only one from my group of friends who got a ballot entry,” Aaron said. “I took it as a sign.”
Aaron raised an impressive £1,232.50 for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, a local charity that provides emotional and practical support to babies, children and young people with heart disease and their families.
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in Northern Ireland with around 200 children per year being born with one or more heart conditions. Roughly one third of these children will require open heart surgery or other interventional procedures.
Lynn Cowan of Children’s Heartbeat Trust issued heartfelt thanks to Aaron, “We are extremely grateful to Aaron on this great achievement and raising a fantastic amount in memory of Oran. This will help us continue to provide support for parents and families of children who have been diagnosed with heart disease in Northern Ireland.
“Oran’s family have done some wonderful fundraising in his memory and we are extremely grateful to them and everyone who has supported them and donated to the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.”