Downpatrick athlete raises 1000s for Aware Defeat Depression in memory of running mate

Downpatrick athlete raises 1000s for Aware Defeat Depression in memory of running mate

Published on Friday, 27 September 2013

Posted in News


A Downpatrick woman who ran the Walled City Marathon last month in memory of her running club mate who passed away in April has raised over £1000 for a local mental health charity.

School teacher Oonagh Breteche decided to raise money for Aware Defeat Depression after her East Down AC clubmate Stephen Shannon died in April.


37-year-old Stephen had been running for Downpatrick-based club for around four years and was one of their top male competitors. 


Primary school teacher Oonagh far surpassed her fundraising target and raised an amazing £1012 for Aware Defeat Depression by running the Derry/Londonderry event.


“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me and for all the support I have received,” she said.


“I’m delighted that the money I raised will go towards helping people with depression.”

Stephen’s brother Joseph said Oonagh’s efforts were amazing.


“I’d like to thank Oonagh for running the marathon in Stephen’s memory and for raising so much money for Aware Defeat Depression,” he said.


“We hope that the money raised can help people with depression and to raise awareness and encourage people who are feeling depressed to seek help.”


Kieran Hughes, Fundraising Officer with Aware Defeat Depression, congratulated Oonagh as he received a cheque from her in Downpatrick this week.


“Oonagh’s fundraising efforts have been fantastic,” he said.


“Every penny she raised will go directly towards Aware Defeat Depression’s community services, including our Helpline and support groups, as well as our education programmes delivered in schools and other group settings,” she said.