News and events News Fergus Farrell’s Toughest Trek Challenge & Valentines Ball 5 Day Walk from Athenry to NRH Dún Laoghaire Fergus Farrell was admitted as a patient to the NRH Spinal Injury Programme after an accident in his back garden, resulting in him rupturing two of his vertebrae. During his time in the NRH Fergus was able to learn to walk again. He was so grateful to the staff of the NRH, he wanted to give something back to the hospital, in acknowledgement of all that they did to help him. As a result, Fergus decided to create the Toughest Trek Challenge. In October 2019 Fergus, friends and family, successfully walked for 5 days from Athenry to the NRH, arriving to the Hospital on the anniversary of his accident – essentially completing 5 marathons in 5 days!. This was an extremely emotional journey for Fergus and his family. Thanks to fundraising and sponsorship for this event, over €62,000 has been raised to date. Fergus has decided that this phenomenal amount of money will support the services in both the NRH Physiotherapy Programme and the NRH Spinal Outreach Programme. Thank you to everyone who supported this amazing fundraising initiative and helped raise such an amazing amount of money for the NRH. Valentines Fundraising Ball 2020 On Friday 14th of February 2020 Fergus continued with his fundraising for the NRH by hosting a Valentines Fundraising Ball in the Clayton Hotel Galway. Guest speakers for this special event included rugby star Jamie Heaslip, Damien Browne and the Connaght Rugby Legends Trio. Entertainment on the night was provided by the Weightless Astronauts and DJ Alan Geragthy. There was also a comedian and magician entertaining guests throughout the evening. We would like to say a huge thank you to all who attended the Valentines Fundraising Ball, and supported the event through auction and raffle prizes. The funds raised through these fantastic fundraising initiatives will make a real and impactful difference in the lives of the patients in the NRH. We will be forever grateful to Fergus for his phenomenal fundraising for the Hospital.