But she won't be putting her feet up yet!
An inspirational Donegal woman has reached the target of her 365-day walking fundraiser in just two months.
Brid Sweeney, who lives in Loughanure, challenged herself to walk every day in 2021 to raise money for Ionad Naomh Pádraig in Dobhar.
She is only two months in, and she has already reached the €10,000 goal!
The funds will be used to create a special memorial space for the community. Ionad Naomh Pádraig is in the process of raising funds to develop a sculpture creation.
Their plan is to develop a communal reflection space in the heart of our community, in loving memory of all young people who, have died in the prime of their youth, and in remembrance of those who have died suddenly and tragically down through the years. The location will be an oasis of peace, spirituality, comfort and solace for parents, guardians, family members and friends.
With €10,000 raised, Brid is delighted to announce that the project has been secured.
“Never in a million years did I think we could raise that much money let alone within 2 months,” Brid said.
Brid is full of thanks to every person who has supported her along the way: “I want to hug each and everyone of you but until it’s safe to do so I will toast my cupán tae to you all,” she said.
“I could not have done this without the support of my family, friends, all of you and not forgetting Phil Collins blasting in my ear.”
Her GoFundMe campaign will officially close next week when the management and committee of Ionad Naomh Pádraig Dobhar return to their office.
But that’s not all… Brid has committed to stick to her walking plans for the rest of the year!
“I myself will continue to walk for the rest of the year until the 31st December 2021 in the hope my health is well and I’m fit to do so.
“I will continue to raise money to help with insurance and the upkeep of this project.”
Donations can be made to Ionad Naomh Padraig or on Brid’s sponsor cards.
Brid will continue to check-in on social media from her daily walks, but for now, she said “just remember we live in tough times but as a community you have made me proud to be living amongst you all near and far, home and away.
“Thank you for your kind messages to date and keep it up for it’s a long year and I aim to complete this challenge.”
You can visit Brid’s GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/brid-winnies-365-day-walk-for-charity