Portadown’s Cancer Research Group continue to punch above their weight with last year’s fundraising activities raising a grand total of £5,752.
They money was raised through events such as street and shop collections, charity boxes, serving lunches and a ladies gourmet evening.
Committee chairperson, Liz Cushnie, thanked her small but enthusiastic committee for all their hard work over the year. She also thanked friends and family for their continued assistance.
She especially paid tribute to the people of Portadown for their continued support and all the local businesses who have assisted and sponsored events over the year with particular thanks to The Yellow Door, Tesco, Eurospar, Asda, Waterford Stanley, Inner Wheel Club Portadown, Armagh Bridge Club and Clounagh Junior High.
Adele Harris, Cancer Research’s local fundraising manager NI, was guest at the AGM and updated the committee on progress being made. She said, “Our purpose is to carry out world-class research to improve our understanding of cancer and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer. We ensure that our findings are used to improve the lives of all cancer patients, helping them to understand cancer, the progress we’re making and the choices each person can make.”
She emphasised that last year Cancer Research UK invested more than £2 million in research in Northern Ireland. Most of this funding goes towards the pioneering work of the doctors and scientists at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology – next door to the Northern Ireland Clinical Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital.
Adele added, “This vital research would not be possible without the support of people like the local Committee in Portadown, you can help us beat cancer.”
The Portadown committee would welcome new members. To talk about joining or helping in any way, contact Hilary on 38335607 or Liz on 38849121.