A fundraising group in Fermanagh, started over 30 years ago, has raised over £870,000 to support local families affected by cancer.

The Fermanagh Friends of the Cancer Center fundraising group was started by Jim Gamble and Avril Graham to help raise vital funds for cancer patients and their families and to raise awareness of the Friends of the Cancer Center.

More volunteers

Then in 2014 Jim and Avril helped form the Fermanagh Fundraising Group by engaging more volunteers from the local County Fermanagh community to get involved.

Over the past eight years, volunteers have worked both to raise funds and to publicize the charity.

The group’s activities know no bounds and from quiz nights and music nights to rock climbing and skydiving, tractor races and street drives, you name it, they did it – all in the name of charity .

Geraldine Corrigan, Chairman of the Fermanagh Fundraising Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have raised such an incredible amount of money for the Friends of Cancer Centre, which is a cause close to the hearts of many people in Fermanagh. .

“Reaching this milestone has only been possible thanks to the generosity of the local community and we sincerely thank everyone who has supported the group over the years.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jim and Avril, who helped create the group.

“In recognition of their extraordinary efforts, they were awarded the Point of Light Award in 2016 by then Prime Minister David Cameron and a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year Honors in 2017.

“More recently, the local community rallied their support during Covid-19 to organize an online fundraiser, raising over £3,500 in memory of Jim’s son Neville, who died in 2019. Following a recent diagnosis of cancer himself, Jim continues his support for Friends of the Cancer Center and we are grateful for all he continues to do for the charity.

“We are truly proud that so many local patients and their families are receiving care and support, thanks to the generosity of the local community here in County Fermanagh.”

Labor awareness

The Fermanagh fundraising group took part in Jubilee celebrations in Enniskillen on Thursday evening at the Thanksgiving service at St Macartin’s Cathedral at 8.30pm, followed by a tribute to Her Majesty by over 100 pipers and musicians from 19 pipe bands premises before the beacons being lit at 9:45 p.m.

On Saturday at the Wellington Road car park, The Beating Retreat took place with groups marching from Enniskillen Castle.

The Fermanagh group of Friends of the Cancer Center were present among the awareness raising and fundraising actions for the charity and welcomed support from the local community where possible.

In addition, the local group will organize a family fundraising walk in August in Castle Coole and an information evening in October.

For more information or if you would like to get involved, please visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com or contact Sarah at Friends of the Cancer Center on (028) 9069 9393.