Dervla has been the driving force behind setting up The Enda Dolan Foundation after her brother Enda, was tragically killed in a road accident in Belfast. Enda was a keen athlete, guitarist and budding architect. The foundation was established to keep his memory alive and inspire others through his love for life.
Inspired by her brother, Dervla passionately believes in improving both physical and mental health for overall well-being and for this reason, she established numerous ‘Couch to 5K’ programmes to inspire people of all abilities to have fun whilst getting fit.
The Dolan family also created Run for Edna to get the wider community involved.
Dervla herself has competed in various races and has volunteered at all of these programmes. She has witnessed first-hand the positive effect of sport on physical and mental health which drives her to continue.
As Deputy Head Girl she is an exceptional role model to other young people both in her school and local community.
The personal challenges that Dervla has faced have been enormous but she has persevered to shine a light of hope, strength and love in her brother’s memory and honour.