Former Coagh man ‘over the moon’ at BEM award

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Former Coagh man ‘over the moon’ at BEM award thumbnailJoe Curry BEM.

A FORMER Coagh man said he was "over the moon" at his inclusion in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours.

Joe Curry has received the BEM for Services to Charitable Fundraising in County Tyrone.

Married to Vivienne, the couple, who reside in Princess Avenue, Cookstown, have a son, Gavin and daughter, Jolene.

A keen runner, Joe has raised more than £50,000 for various charities over the past 22 years.

Joe told the Courier: "My first marathon was in Belfast in 1995. I ran the marathon along with another Cookstown man Trevor Dallas and raised money for Montgomery House."

Since then, Joe has participated in countless marathons here and throughout the world, raising funds for cancer, the blind, handicapped children and Alzheimer's, to name but a few.

To mark his 50th birthday, Joe ran a marathon in aid of Marie Curie and for his 60th birthday last year he undertook a 60-mile run for the Alzheimer's Society, after his father-in-law, Mr Tommy Taylor, developed the disease.

The popular local man said receiving news of his BEM was also tinged with sadness.

"The day I received news of my BEM was also the day I received the sad news that my brother, Sammy, had died from cancer in Toronto, Canada, so it was bittersweet," admitted Joe.

Still running at 61, Joe says he does it for the love of the sport and to aid charities.

"I never ran with the intention of getting any award. I just did it for the love of running and to help fundraise for charities,

"But I must admit I'm over the moon at the news of this BEM award."

Other BEM recipients included Mrs Priscilla Lyons Gamble, for voluntary service to the community in County Fermanagh; Mrs Joan Thelma Green, Chair, Homestart Craigavon, for services to Children and Families in Northern Ireland; Mrs Elizabeth Hueston, writer, for services to the community in Portglenone; Mr Joe Mahon, for services to charity and Cross Community Relations in Fermanagh; Mr Samuel James Thompson, for voluntary service to the community and ex-Service Personnel in Portadown and Mr Philip Scott, for services to Young People through the Scout Association.


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