TV presenter Eamonn Holmes is calling on people across Northern Ireland to show their support for local charity Friends of the Cancer Centre as it marks its 35th anniversary.
Eamonn, who is a proud patron of Friends of the Cancer Centre, is supporting the charity’s Be A Friend campaign which is encouraging people to raise money and show their support for its vital work in its milestone year. For over three decades, Friends of the Cancer Centre has been enhancing local cancer services through its work funding additional staff, equipment, local research and much more. However, it is also facing a difficult future as COVID-19 has significantly impacted on the charity’s ability to raise money.
Showing his support in a special video message for the charity, Eamonn said:
“I am a proud patron of Friends of the Cancer Centre and this year the charity is celebrating its 35th anniversary, which is an amazing achievement. I’ve seen first-hand the work the charity does. I’ve toured the wards, I’ve seen the research and I’ve spoken with the staff who are doing incredible work. We have got to make sure that continues.
“Friends of the Cancer Centre is entirely dependent on donations and goodness me, we need them. During lockdown, times have been tougher than normal and we need your support, now more than ever. Everybody needs a friend when times are tough and you can Be A Friend by making a donation at www.friendsofthecancercentre.com.”
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 enhances 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 help families through a difficult time.
Commenting on how recent months have highlighted just how important the charity’s work is, Colleen Shaw, chief executive of Friends of the Cancer Centre, said:
“The charity has been proudly supporting local people for 35 years and in recent months, this work has become even more important as we supported cancer patients through incredibly challenging times. Whilst it is an important year for Friends of the Cancer Centre and we want to recognise how far we have come, it’s also an incredibly challenging one as COVID-19 has impacted our work, resulting in cancelled fundraising events and a fall in income.
“We are really delighted to have Eamonn’s continued support as he joins forces with us as we call on people to support the charity. We understand it is a difficult and uncertain time for so many people, but every donation will make a real difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer.”
Find out how you can Be a Friend and support Friends of the Cancer Centre at www.friendsofthecancercentre.com