An Donegal man will undertake the “demanding” 606-kilometre journey from Mizen Head to Malin Head, on his beloved vintage tractor, in aid of two charities close to his heart.

Greencastle’s Paddy Duffy is driving his newly restored 1961 Massey Ferguson 35x the length of Ireland to raise funds for Beaumont Cardiac Services and Croí House Cardiac Foundation in Galway.

Speaking to Donegal Now, Paddy’s daughter, Sharon said her dad was leaving Cork on September 13 and expected to be home in Inishowen on September 16.

Sharon said: “Daddy lost his wife, our mum, Kathleen, to a hereditary heart condition in 2005 at
the age of 63.

“Mum was diagnosed with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and had an Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted in Beaumont in 2004. My sister, Annemarie and I had to attend Beaumont on an annual basis for check-ups due to the condition being hereditary.

“In April 2018 I was admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital with chest pains and after failing a stress test I was transferred to Galway for an angiogram. My husband, Noel was present when we were told I had
a 90 percent blockage in my left main coronary artery, which required a stent. At that stage, due to my age (41), they wanted to follow up the procedure with a CT angiogram, before committing me to lifelong medication,” said Sharon.

As a result, Sharon was admitted to Galway University Hospital (GUH).

Noel was given the number for Croí House by the staff nurse in the Cardiology Department of GUH. This enabled him to stay with Sharon for the full week she was in hospital.

Sharon said: “Our family feels that Beaumont Cardiac Services and Croí House are two worthy causes for daddy’s fundraising tractor run.

“Mum received excellent care from Beaumont Cardiac Unit and the facilities offered by CROI House to families who unexpectedly find their loved ones admitted to hospital so far from home are wonderful.

“We want to be able to give something back for the care we received, which is why we have set up a Go fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/paddy039s-tractor-run. Our goal is to raise €2,000 and we are almost halfway there.

“The fundraising tractor run has been a dream of daddy’s since he lost mum. Dad bought his Massey Ferguson 35x back in 2007 in very poor condition and then began the restoration. It soon became a labour of love and daddy began stripping it back to the bare bones while he searched on-line and at shows to find the parts to restore it back to its original state,” said Sharon.

As the photographs show, Paddy has achieved that and now he is going to test it out on a demanding journey from one end of the country to the other. Inishowen wishes him all the best in his endeavours

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