September 28, 2021

Spin doctors: Wicklow family to raise funds for cancer by cycling to Spain for their summer holidays

A Wicklow family have come up with a unique way of spending their summer holidays – by cycling to Spain to raise funds for cancer!

Donna Marshall, her husband John Baugh, and their two daughters Ellie (13) and Laila (10) will leave their home in Kilpedder on July 20 to head off on their bikes on a 1,000km-trip that will see them arrive in Donostia San Sebastian on August 3.

With only the tiniest bit of help from the ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg, they will pass through through Le Mont St Michel and lots of seaside towns like Talmont Saint Hilaire, Soulac sur Mer, Le Porge and Mimizan Plage to arrive in northern Spain.

After losing family and friends to cancer  in the past year, the family decided they would like to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

“We started our campaign as we were going on holiday next year and trying to decide how to have a big adventure with our daughters,” Donna told

“We’re hoping to average about 100km a day, although we’ll be having a few rest days here and there.

“Once we’d decided to have our adventure holiday, we heard that my uncle Chris, who was like a second dad to me growing up, had liver cancer.

“He was diagnosed in May last year and then was booked into get a liver transplant in Edinburgh in August but he died in the transplant unit before anything could happen. He was only in his 60s.

“Then Nancy Falkow died in December. She was the mum of Ellie’s friend, Hannah.  She was an amazing singer and artist and just a larger than life character who had suffered with ovarian cancer for years.

“At that point, we decided that we had to use our holiday to raise money for Irish cancer research.”

If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can click here.

Pictured: Donna Marshall, Ellie Marshall Baugh (13), Laila Marshall Baugh (10) and John Baugh 

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