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Mayobridge woman Naomi O'Hare has raised a fantastic £1400 for the Brain Injury Foundation, running 5km every day throughout the entire month of July.

Darragh O'Hare greets his mum Naoimi after she completed her month of running for the Brain Injury Foundation. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Darragh O'Hare greets his mum Naoimi after she completed her month of running for the Brain Injury Foundation. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Naomi finished her month long run at the headquarters of the Brain Injury Foundation in Camlough today, Friday to rapturous applause from well-wishers including her parents Josephine and Sean and son Darragh.

Naomi O'Hare presents a cheque for £1400 to Daryll Galloghly, Brain Injury Foundation while looking on are Brain Injury Foundation volunteers Frank Dolaghan, Chairperson; Grainne and Aine McKevitt and Patricia Gabbett. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Naomi O'Hare presents a cheque for £1400 to Daryll Galloghly, Brain Injury Foundation while looking on are Brain Injury Foundation volunteers Frank Dolaghan, Chairperson; Grainne and Aine McKevitt and Patricia Gabbett. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie



Naomi has been coronavirus shielding due to her asthma and carries out voluntary work at the BIF, including giving massages to the carers there.

Explaining why she did the run Naomi says "The Brain Injury Foundation is all voluntary, they don't get any help from the Government and I know like all charities at this time they are struggling, so I decided I'd run 5K a day for them and it kept me fit for a wee while anyway."

Naoimi O'Hare pictured after completing her 5K July challenge with her son Darragh and parents Sean and Josephine . Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Naoimi O'Hare pictured after completing her 5K July challenge with her son Darragh and parents Sean and Josephine . Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie



Because son Darragh is autistic and can be anxious there were days when she couldn't travel far and ran in her driveway or front garden, or in her parents driveway, while other days she was able to run around Mayobridge and down the towpath.

Two years ago Naoimi ran the London Marathon, on as she says "the hottest day ever" and she has also ran half marathons and 10K's so challenges like this one are certainly not new to her.

Daryll Galloghly from the Brain Injury Foundation thanked Naomi saying "I put out a cry for help and Naomi was the first one to go for it and I can't thank her enough."

Naomi O'Hare finishes her run with friend Siobhan McAteer. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Naomi O'Hare finishes her run with friend Siobhan McAteer. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie



"It's so so important ,as we get no help from the government whatsoever and we are the first community owned centre of excellence for brain injuries in NI and without the support we give to carers and survivors, there is very little support out there."

If you wish you can add to Naomi's fundraiser at LOCALGIVING.ORG

Naomi O'Hare presents a cheque for £1400 to the Brain Injury Foundation while looking on aresome of her many supporters who were there today to welcome her home after she completed a 5K run every day in July. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Naomi O'Hare presents a cheque for £1400 to the Brain Injury Foundation while looking on aresome of her many supporters who were there today to welcome her home after she completed a 5K run every day in July. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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