Donna Taylor, along with her sister, Adele Woods and the members of Friends of the Cancer Centre’s Antrim fundraising group have raised a phenomenal £33,000 for the charity.
The group are delighted about their achievement, having raisied the money in just over 18 months.
Talking about the success of the fundraising group and how it all started,D onna, who is chairperson of the group, said: “My husband John decided to run his first marathon in 2012 and to raise funds for Friends of the Cancer Centre after some family members went through cancer treatment at the City Hospital.
“At this stage I decided to let John get on with his training and I looked after the fundraising part. We were delighted when we raised £2,000.
“After that I got the fundraising bug, so after speaking to the fundraising manager at Friends of the Cancer Centre, my sister Adele and I decided to start a fundraising group in our local area.
“Friends and family are also involved with the group and have been on hand to lend support throughout the year at our events which include discos, quiz nights, sponsored walks, car boot sales and bag packing. We also had great support for the Belfast City Marathon.
“There are so many families in the local area affected by cancer and when we listen to people’s stories, the group have no problem in giving up their time to help raise funds and create awareness of Friends of the Cancer Centre.
“We have had great support from everyone since the group began and I would like to say thank you to all the group for their time and effort, to the local companies who are supporting us with raffle prizes and collection cans, and to everyone who has supported us over the last 18 months. We hope to have another successful year of fundraising.”
Friends of the Cancer Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charity based right at the heart of the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital. Friends of the Cancer Centre relies entirely on donations, and all money raised goes towards funding vital projects that have a real and lasting impact on patients and their families.
Claire Hogarth, Events & Community Fundraising Manager for Friends of the Cancer Centre, said: “The Antrim fundraising group are a fundamental part of the charity and our fundraising goals.
“Donna, Adele and the group have done exceptionally well and we, at Friends of the Cancer Centre, are overwhelmed by the amount of money they have raised for the charity in just over 18 months.
“I’d like to thank them and everyone who supports the group with their fundraising. The money raised will make a very big difference to the lives of patients and their families’ right across Northern Ireland.”
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