£30,000 raised in memory of Newry woman Cathy Torley

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Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Leading high street retailer NEXT is set to make a difference to thousands of local people affected by cancer through its new partnership with local charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre. 

The company chose to support the Northern Ireland charity in memory of their dear friend and colleague, Cathy Torley from Newry, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

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During her time at the Cancer Centre in Belfast, Cathy and her family valued the support provided by Friends of the Cancer Centre and so her colleagues, friends and family decided to support to the charity in her memory. 

In September, eighty of Cathy’s family members, friends and colleagues climbed Slieve Donard, carrying messages in celebration of her life and friendship.

 

 

To date they have raised over £30,000 to support local families affected by cancer and NEXT stores across Northern Ireland are continuing to support Friends of the Cancer Centre with a calendar of fundraising and health awareness activities.

Blaine Devine, Area Manager at Next, said, “A few months ago, we would never have imagined what would happen to our friend and colleague, Cathy.

“Cathy received wonderful care and spent her last few weeks at the Cancer Centre and we know her family are very grateful for the support Friends of the Cancer Centre provided during that time. 

“As a team, we wanted to contribute to this great work so other patients and families receive the same wonderful care as Cathy did.

 

 

“We all really miss Cathy, but we are really pleased to have the opportunity to do something positive together in her memory. We have lots of activities and initiatives planned for the year ahead and our hope is that our efforts will make a real difference to lots of other families affected by cancer,” she added.

Friends of the Cancer Centre is dedicated to making a real and meaningful difference to cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland. 

The charity is here to enhance the quality of patient care and support through its life-changing and life-saving work which includes funding additional nurses, supporting local research and providing practical support, such as financial grants, which can help people through a difficult time. 

 

 

Friends of the Cancer Centre relies entirely on the generosity of the local community and all money donated stays in Northern Ireland, directly benefitting patients and their families.

Thanking Cathy’s family and friends and welcoming the support from Next, Ana Wilkinson, corporate fundraising manager at Friends of the Cancer Centre, said, “We are so thankful to Cathy’s family, friends and colleagues for choosing to support Friends of the Cancer Centre.

“The local community in Newry have come together and created a wonderful legacy in Cathy’s memory and thanks to them and the continued support of Next Retail, thousands of people affected by cancer across Northern Ireland will benefit from the charity’s support,” she added.

For more information about the work of Friends of the Cancer Centre please visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com

 

 

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