Carson McDowell Partner Darren Toombs and L2L500 Group Raise £45k for Charity

16 October 2015


Michael Johnston, Managing Partner at Carson McDowell and Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank are pictured below with cycling enthusiasts Mark McKeown and Carson McDowell's Darren Toombs, after raising over £45,000 for four NI charities.

The two cyclists were part of a six strong group who recently celebrated their 40th birthdays by pedal powering their way around Ulster in order to raise support for the Alzheimer's Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Scripture Union NI and the Brain Tumour Charity.

The team - who completed the gruelling 500km route in just three days - ‘wheeled’ its way from Belfast to Lough Erne, up to the shores of Lough Foyle before returning to Belfast via the majestic Causeway Coast. The group were also joined along the way by members of the 0745 Rouleurs Cycling Club.

The challenge, now known as Lough-to-Lough 500 (L2L500), was supported with significant donations from First Trust Bank, Carson McDowell and Lynas Foodservice as well as donations from hundreds of well-wishers.

Commenting on the challenge, Michael Johnston said;

“We are very proud to have played a part in supporting the charities and the cyclists behind this endeavour.  They have broken every target they set for themselves, and it is great to see local businesses get behind really important causes. We are now wondering, what will they do for their 50th birthdays!”

Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank added; 

“The enthusiasm of the L2L500 team has captured the attention of people right across Northern Ireland and we are delighted to support their fantastic fundraising effort. The support raised will go a long way to ensuring these four charities continue to grow and offer their vital services in our local communities.”

Details on how to donate to the campaign can be found on the ‘Lough-to-Lough 500’ website: