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Cork-based charity the Crann Centre, which supports children, adults and families living with neuro-physical disabilities, is gearing up for its fourth annual Walk n’Roll.

People are invited to do a 5k in whatever way they choose such as walking, running, jogging or cycling between Thursday, June 6th and Sunday, June 9th.  On Saturday, June 8th the Crann Centre will open its gates to welcome client families to walk, roll, push or pedal their final 1k at its centre in Ovens.

Walk n’Roll is Crann’s biggest fundraising event of the year, with the target set at €50,000 this year. The organisation is hoping that both the public and teams from businesses across Munster will sign up to take part, with every contribution having a direct impact on the lives and quality of experience of clients and their families.

The Crann Centre provides lifelong, life-changing solutions for children, adults and families living with neuro-physical disabilities through its ‘2 Generation’ model of care. It supports people living with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, osteogenesis imperfecta, stroke and other neuro-physical disabilities, and their families.

The charity is seeing a marked increase in the numbers of people contacting it for support, welcoming three new families each week. It now supports over 540 families from Cork, Kerry and across Munster.

The Crann Centre’s team of experts include nurses, occupational therapists, counsellors, dieticians and play therapists. It offers holistic, wraparound care programmes with personalised plans for each person throughout all stages of life.

Padraig Mallon, Chief Executive of Crann said:

“What sets us apart is our two-generational model of care, which provides support for the person with disabilities and their family. Demand for our services is continuing to increase which is why this fundraiser is so important to us. We now have more than 540 families registered who receive a broad range of services tailored to their needs. It’s our fourth year running Walk n’Roll, funds raised during 2023 went towards delivering play therapy sessions for children with neuro-physical disabilities and SibShop workshops for their siblings .”

Cork City FC will once again lend its support as charity partner, and the club will be well represented on the day. The supporters are also getting behind the event, with proceeds of a bucket collection on June 13th at Turner’s Cross (v Cobh Ramblers) going to the Crann Centre.

The centre is home to Ireland’s first fully accessible playground and leisure area; The Impact Hub, an accessible co-working space for entrepreneurs and professionals with disabilities; and Conservation at Crann, a wheelchair accessible conservation area and nature trail.

For more information or to sign up to take part visit