A 12-strong team of eight cyclists and four volunteers wants Fórsa members and branches to get behind them as they compete in the Race Around Ireland cycling event in memory of crewman Ciarán Smith of Rescue 116.
Winchman Smith was one of four crew members who tragically died when coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 was lost off the west coast in March 2017.
The cycling team is raising money for LauraLynn children’s hospice, and is calling on Fórsa members and branches to donate to the cause in memory of Winchman Smith.
Ciarán Murphy, a Fórsa representative in CHC Helicopters and one of the riders preparing for the cycle, said Smith had previously cycled to raise money for the charity.
“The team is made up of family, friends and colleagues of Ciarán’s, and we hope to raise money for a charity close to his heart,” he said.
Fórsa has also committed to support the team’s efforts. The four late crew members of Rescue 116 were Fórsa members, as are some of the cyclists preparing to take part in the event.
The 10th Race Around Ireland starts on Sunday 26th August, and the non-stop cycling event covers some 2,200km.
Fórsa branches and members who want to support the team can make donations to the following account: