Newry man to scale new heights for Marie Curie Cancer Care

March 3, 2014

By Christine Keighery

Council worker John Fearon is embarking on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal Himalayas in January 2015. The intrepid adventurer has taken on the challenge to raise necessary funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care who provide vital assistance to people with terminal illness.

Newry man John is no stranger to such challenges having completed several treks for Meningitis UK over the years after his daughter Hannah battled the potentially life threatening illness when she was just one year old.

“When Hannah contracted meningitis, we got great guidance and moral support from Meningitis Trust, and, wanting to give something in return, I did the Celtic Peaks, Base Camp Everest and New Zealand for the Trust.  I also trekked Machu Picchu in Peru and Kilimanjaro with Meningitis UK in 2011.”

Explaining how he became involved with Marie Curie for his latest fundraising venture, John told us how important the local Marie Curie nurses were in caring for his mother who lived with dementia before she died two years ago.

The charity’s nurses were instrumental in providing care and comfort to her in the last weeks of her life and alleviating stress and worry for the rest of the family.

“When I experienced the good and vitally important work that Marie Curie do for people with terminal illness, I decided I would do something for the organisation and, having already done a Rockies trek for the charity two years ago, I’m now going to complete the Nepal Himalayan trek in January 2015.

“I’ve always enjoyed hiking in my spare time and most weekends I can be found on Slieve Gullion or Kilbroney or up around the Mournes so doing the treks to raise funds for charities over the years has been great.

“I’ve got to know so many people through the various treks and only last week two of my friends from the Rockies trek decided at our reunion night that they would sign up to do the Nepal Marie Curie one with me.”

John must raise a minimum of £3700 for the 2015 trek but hopes to surpass that amount by the end of this year.

To kickstart his fundraising, his Council colleagues have organised a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ event which will take place in Newry’s Canal Court Hotel on 21st March. The singing extravaganza will raise funds for Marie Curie, Headway and Gateway Special Olympics.

John is also busy planning more events and fundraising nights for the year to reach his target and beyond.

In the meantime anyone wishing to donate or sponsor John for next January’s Annapurna Trek in Nepal Himalayas in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care can contact him via email at  or on the following numbers:

Home 028 30825205

Mobile 07837644354

Work 02830313147

Any form of sponsorship or donation would be greatly appreciated, and cheques should be made payable to Marie Curie Trading Ltd., and sent to him at the address below.

5 Ulster Villas

Old Warrenpoint Roa


County Down,

BT34 2NZ