Declan’s gaming challenge raises hundreds for MS

Declan’s gaming challenge raises hundreds for MS

31 March 2021

A DOWNPATRICK schoolboy recently took part in a 12-hour gaming marathon in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.

Eight year-old Declan Walsh raised £441 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust on behalf of his mother, Marian, who was diagnosed with the disease in February last year. 

The lifelong condition affects both the brain and nerves with common symptoms including tiredness and problems with walking, as well as impacting vision.

The Multiple Sclerosis Trust held the weekend gaming challenge recently and participants were able to take part for varying lengths of time, such as six hours, 12 hours or even a whole day.

Declan raised the funds through a JustGiving account set up by his parents. Despite having an initial target of £150, Declan smashed his goal raising nearly three times the amount for the trust.

Mum Marian (44) said: “After I was diagnosed, Declan told me he wanted to do something to help. He decided to do a gaming marathon as a safe way to fundraise due to the current lockdown restrictions.”

She added: “I am so proud of Declan doing this and overwhelmed by the support of my family and friends. I cannot thank those who donated enough.”

All of the money raised by Declan will go towards the Trust’s crucial work in their search for a cure of MS.