|Simon Harris and Matthew Hoper from Moira intend to walk the entire length of the Ulster Way, a circular path around Northern lreland which captures some of Ulsters most iconic scenery.|
TWO Friends' School pupils have set off on a walking journey of 625 miles for the brain injury charity Headway.
Simon Harris from Portadown and Matthew Hoper from Moira intend to walk the entire length of the Ulster Way, a circular path around Northern Ireland which captures some of Ulster's most iconic scenery. The journey will take the two 17 year olds through areas such as the Mourne Mountains, the Sperrins and along the picturesque North coast. Both young men will celebrate their 18th birthdays during the walk.
They are carrying everything needed and are heavy laden. The walk is a test of fitness and endurance as well as a mental struggle and the boys intend to complete their walk within aproximately six weeks.
The idea behind their long haul journey came from Simon. Having walked a stretch of the Ulster Way in the Mournes he became intrigued as to where it went. This sparked an interest in the Ulster Way and ultimately gave rise to the two boys' summer plans.
They initially decided on the walk, and then thought it a great opportunity to raise some money for Headway, a charity supporting people who have sustained brain injuries and related conditions. They also provide families affected with necessary backup. Simon's mum Ruth died of a brain tumour in 2005.
"Headway do so many worthwhile things and are always in need of funds,"
Simon said. Matthew also agreed that this would be a great reason to
complete their venture. They have already walked from Lisburn to Drumbo,
Bangor, and down the length of the Ards peninsula to Portaferry, and are
currently heading towards the Mourne mountains.
For more information on the work of Headway and how to support the boys please visit www.Justgiving.com/Ulsterwaywalk