Laverty Brothers show support for the Stroke Association to help raise awareness after losing their beloved Auntie Siobhan.
MotoGP star Eugene Laverty and his family are set to take part in a charity swim for the Stroke Association from 9:00am on Friday 13th May at Greenvale Leisure Center in Magherafelt. Eamonn Devlin (Eugene’s uncle) has been actively raising money for the Stroke Association after sadly losing his beloved wife Siobhan last year.
The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity and has saved tens of thousands of lives over the past twenty years. On top of this they’ve campaigned to help people to recognise the signs of a stroke and how to take emergency steps.
Eamonn Devlin with his son Diarmuid doing a 10k run for Stroke Association.
Laverty’s aunt Siobhan tragically lost her life last year after suffering from strokes for 11 years, and her family have put in tireless efforts to raise money for the charity in her memory. Siobhan’s daughter Shaunagh first became involved with the Stroke Association and from there the family’s involvement with the charity took off.
Eamonn explains: “I did a 10K run back in February, there were about 400 people involved in that and then I decided to try to arrange a 10k swim. I train in general just for fitness and I am part of Magherafelt swimming club, who are supporting our swim on Friday 13th.
I didn’t do enough training for the run, it was really hard work and I suffered a bit. I don’t think I’ll rush to do a 10K run again, but then I might say that about the swim too! We’ve raised over £4,000 in a year and we just want to keep it going. Because it’s so fresh in our minds I’m going for it this year in the best way that I can.”
It’s clear that Siobhan meant a lot to the Laverty boys and doing this swim in her honour, alongside her husband Eamonn, would have meant the world to Siobhan: Eamonn adds, “Siobhan really idolised those boys. She loved to hear how well they were doing and we went to the odd race, to support them. She’d always been their biggest fan.”
If you would like to sponsor Eamonn and the Laverty family in the swim please follow this link to donate to a fantastic cause.