Ned goes the extra mile for his friend
Edward Campbell (left)
displays his medal after his recent
fundraising run in the Belfast Marathon
to friend and colleague Alan Burns in
the new Corus Lisburn employees' gym.
LISBURN man Edward Campbell certainly went
that extra mile for friend and colleague Alan Burns when he took
part in and finished the Belfast City Marathon to raise almost
£2,000 to help Alan receive vital medical treatment.
Edward (or Ned to his colleagues) and Alan
both work at the Corus Ireland Service Centre in Lisburn, where
Edward has been business development manager for strip products
for three years while Alan, who works in the same business area,
has been there for some 15 years.
Earlier this year Alan was diagnosed with an
inoperable cancerous brain tumour. Due to the severity of this
condition Alan hopes to travel as soon as possible to the Oasis
Centre of Hope Christian Hospital in Mexico, where he will
undergo two weeks of special intensive treatment that is not
available to him in either the UK or Ireland.
Alan has had to find £25,000 very quickly to go to Mexico for
this treatment and is grateful and very much touched by
everyone's generosity and help.
"I can't thank Ned enough for his efforts and
indeed everyone who sponsored him to run in the Marathon" Alan
"I am grateful for Ned's fantastic
achievement and very much touched by the generosity of friends,
colleagues, Corus themselves, their customers and suppliers who
are helping me reach my dream to get the treatment I need so
This was Edward's first marathon. He had
trained hard in preparation using the employees' gym at the
Corus site in Lisburn, but he still found it very tough
"Had it not been for such a worthwhile cause
I would have given up at around 17 miles," Ned admitted.
"Just before this, at about 13 miles, we had
to run uphill along the Antrim Road out of Belfast for over
"I thought I wasn't going to make it but
didn't want to disappoint anyone, so I battled on through the
pain barrier to complete my first ever Marathon in 5hrs 14mins.
"I would really like to thank everyone who
supported me and also like to personally thank members of my
family, friends, customers and suppliers for their generous
donations. I'm really delighted that we have raised so much to
help Alan," he added.
With help from Alan's church, the Ulster
Temple in Belfast where Alan is also a Sunday School teacher, he
has now raised the full amount for the travel and treatment and
is booked to leave for Mexico on June 13 for a total of eighteen
"On behalf of everyone we wish Alan a safe
journey, sending him our best wishes and prayers and we look
forward to meeting up with Alan when he returns. We wish him all
the very best," said Ned.