The Derry Walk in Memory of Ruby Lynch will take place this weekend


A memorial walk for Derry’s daughter Ruby Lynch will take place this weekend.

The seven-year-old girl with Down syndrome died two and a half years ago, leaving her family and friends heartbroken.

The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust (FDST) has organized a march which will take place in Ebrington Square on Saturday March 26 at 10.30am.

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The walk will start in the square before crossing the Peace Bridge, down the quay, under the Craigavon ​​Bridge towards the station and then back towards Ebrington.

The annual walk takes place every year during World Down Syndrome Week but was forced online in 2020, while last year’s restrictions meant the public walked at their own pace at a social distance from others.

Christopher Cooper, director of FDST, said MyDerry that they were looking forward to getting back to normal this week, while hoping to raise as much money as possible.

He said: “The last two years have been very difficult and challenging. They just haven’t been the same.

“We are very excited to be able to bring our families and friends this Saturday to be able to walk in memory of Ruby and we encourage others to come out and do the same.

“The more the better because we want to be able to celebrate Ruby’s life with her own family this year.

“We will have t-shirts, water bottles and fruit to support people that day and getting people out in numbers is the goal of this event.”

Walk for Ruby poster

He added: “It’s always a tough time for his parents and the more people who can come out and show their support really means a lot to them.

“The positivity and feedback we’ve received over the years has proven they’re here for Ruby.”

The public will be able to donate on the day, but Christopher said the public can also donate online.

“There’s a bit of both in terms of giving,” Christopher said. “There are QR codes that we put on the place and they are on social media and all people have to do is scan them and it will take you to the donation page.

“But we will have collection buckets and sponsorship forms for people if they want to do it that way too.”

If you would like to donate online, you can visit the site HERE.

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