Thursday 9th July 2020

 

Teenage Cancer Trust Award Winners Mike and Pascale O'Leary

In October 2019 Mike and his incredible wife Pascale took on a 200 mile walk in Ireland. Not deterred by Mike’s severe foot injuries they raised over £40K in online donations alone. It is testament to Mike’s determination that he overcame physical pain to complete this challenge and to his charm and spirit that his network loyally support his efforts time and again.

When Coronavirus hit, Mike was spurred into action once again. This time stepping out of his comfort zone for his virtual singing challenge Can you Hear the People Sing? which has raised over £23,000. The energy, motivation and commitment that Mike has tirelessly shown is second to none keeping this challenge going over a month and encouraging friends and contacts to take part.

Looking to the future, Mike hopes that those who supported his recent fundraisers, continue to be touched by the charity. Meanwhile, Mike and Pascale are already looking forward to their next opportunity – their dedication and commitment to the cause, once again shining through.

Mike O’Leary said:

"We do it for the kids and we enjoy doing it. We don’t need any thanks but it’s a real privilege to have this nomination.

"I’m very passionate about the work Teenage Cancer Trust do and I’ve met some of the young people with cancer they support. There’s one in particular who I remember fondly - a young guy called Matt. Matt spoke at an event we put on about six years ago – he made us laugh, cry and at the end of the evening, he said to me ‘this is the best night I have had for six years by a mile.’ A little while after that he passed away and it broke our hearts. But we wanted to celebrate his life with a fundraiser and we did a walk in his memory. It raised £40k which was incredible.

"Fundraising during a pandemic was hard, and doing it virtually took me out of my comfort zone. But so much positive has come from it – it has raised awareness of Teenage Cancer Trust and the essential work they do. It has even inspired others who since supporting the event, say they want to be personally involved in future events. Teenage Cancer Trust has to keep going and we are proud to support it."