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Team Morgan take on ‘toughest foot race on earth’ for charity

Team Morgan Marathon des Sables April 2021

Hugh Morgan Paddy Hamilton Marathon des Sables 2021

CEO of Morgan Fuels, Hugh Morgan, is well known for running marathons around the world. In 2021 he is taking on his biggest challenge to date, known as the toughest foot race on earth. This challenge is to raise money for two charities – ourselves, Irish Hospice Foundation and NI Hospice.

In April 2021, Hugh along with friend and well-known marathon runner Paddy Hamilton will be taking part in the legendary Marathon Des Sables, a six day ultra-marathon. They will run 156 miles in the Sahara desert at a time of year when the temperature can exceed 50 degrees Celsius, all the while carrying their own food and water in a 15kg back pack and sleeping in a tent when they can, over the six day challenge.

Team Morgan has taken on this gruelling challenge to raise a target of £100,000 for the NI Hospice and Irish Hospice Foundation, two charities that support those facing dying, death and bereavement throughout the island of Ireland.

Helen McVeigh, Director of Fundraising with Irish Hospice Foundation said:

“We are delighted to be chosen as one of beneficiaries for the amazing challenge that Hugh and Paddy will take on next year. We wish them the very best of luck with their training and fundraising. The money raised will make a real difference in supporting people facing death and bereavement in Ireland. Almost 90% of Irish Hospice Foundation funding comes directly from the public which means we couldn’t do what we do without the kind support of people like Hugh and Paddy”.

Despite the difficult training regime and preparations needed ahead of the ultra marathon, Team Morgan are focused on the end results to help raise the vital funds for charities such as the Northern Ireland Hospice. Their Chief Executive, Heather Weir has said:

“Hugh and Paddy’s marathon is an amazing fundraising effort. I am always amazed at the human spirit and our ability to push ourselves to the limit. Every day at Hospice we also see this strength of spirit in our patients and families. We are delighted that Hugh, Paddy and Morgan Fuels are highlighting the compassionate work of Hospice and supporting our much-needed fundraising efforts”.

CEO of Morgan Fuels, Hugh Morgan has said:

“The challenge that Paddy and I are facing in the training and preparation for this run across the Sahara Desert is only a fraction of the challenge that the nurses and doctors face each morning as they try to care for their patients who are facing the ultimate challenge as they fight for their life. I encourage everybody to get involved in this fundraising event so we can raise as much as possible for both charities.”

Our overall goal is to help those supporting people in need. With the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, charities have suffered huge impacts, with fundraising events around the globe cancelled. This is our way of helping two worthy charities as they work through challenges to continue supporting those in need.

Team Morgan is all set and ready to go! If you want to show your support for Hugh and Paddy, you can do so on their iDonate page