The Two Jonnies take on the Mourne 500 Challenge for Women’s Aid

22 October, 2012


22 October 2012

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The Two Jonnies take on the Mourne 500 Challenge for Women’s Aid

Two Ballymena men, Jonny Lindsay and Jonathan Leakey, took on the challenge of visiting as many of the 39 points as possible in the Mourne Mountains over 500 metres high over a two-day period.

This challenge was to raise funds for Women's Aid ABCL&N in their fight against domestic violence.  Overall they managed to raise £873.00 for the cause.  

“We completed 26 of the peaks before time, the elements, and our screaming limbs defeated us” said Jonathan Leakey after the walk. “We had started out at 7.40am on Saturday, and, with a dry day, fresh legs and mostly good visibility, managed 18 of the 39 peaks, so were on schedule. Day two was a different story! A combination of awful weather, exhaustion, Jonny's sore feet and Jonathan's sore knees, as well as the realisation we weren't going to finish before nightfall at the pace we were at that stage achieving, led to our decision to call a halt before we could complete the final section South-West of the Spelga Dam. Day 2 was seriously hard work with unbroken rain and mist, and very poor visibility. Still, we both felt pleased with what we achieved, which included knocking off all the 7 peaks over 700 metres and 19 of the others, and we were delighted to do this for such a great cause.”

Jonny and Jonathan presented the cheque to grateful staff at the Naomi Centre, and the money will be used to provide support for local women and children in what can be a very difficult time for them, in the run up to Christmas.  

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414.  
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For further information contact Lindsay Harris, Women’s Aid ABCLN or email:

Notes to Editor

Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home.  

For more information about our work visit:
Every penny raised supports women and children in your community.
Donations can be made by:

Post:    Phone:
Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF    T 028 2563 2136

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey is a charity recognised by the HM Revenue and Customs No. XR 13095 Company limited by guarantee No. NI 054434