The local fundraising committee for Macmillan Cancer Support was commended recently by the Regional Director for raising £72,873 for the charity in 2013.
Following the recent AGM the newly elected chairperson, Paddy Wallace, acknowledged the tremendous support from many local groups and individual families in raising this significant amount of money.
“The opening of the Macmillan Unit at Antrim Area Hospital has undoubtedly made more people aware of the work and worth of Macmillan,” Paddy said.
She added: “This has been reflected in the many cheques received during the past year”.
Tribute was also paid at the AGM to the outgoing chairperson, Jill Stubbs who had led the committee during several very busy years, particularly with the opening of the Unit.
Thanks were also expressed to Maud Simpson for her untiring work as treasurer and to Maria Small of the Macmillan staff for her continued support.
In addition to the care at the Unit many other families have benefitted during 2013 from Macmillan through the medical support of the Macmillan nurses, advice and information as well as benefits advice often leading to small grants.
At the Cancer Centre at the City Hospital in Belfast Macmillan provides a necessary service including complimentary therapies, wig fitting and benefits advice.
With so many people in our community living with cancer the need for funding is as pressing as ever.
The Antrim committee are grateful for the efforts and generosity of the people of the Borough and beyond and say a big thank you to them.
The Northern Ireland total raised for Macmillan in 2013 was £502,684 so Antrim’s contribution is considerable.