£18.5K raised for cancer charity

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Two local men have helped to raise over £18,500 for Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Ryan Knox from Dromore and Jeff Tosh from Lisburn took part in a host of fundraising events over the past year with Tennents NI to raise vital funds for the cancer charity,

Employees of the drinks company selected the organisation as its designated charity of the year and they have just completed twelve months tackling sponsored activities which ranged from a wax-athon, spin-athon, abseiling and 5K run to a Big Breakfast, Treasure Hunt and Golf Day. No charity stone was left unturned as they dreamed up creative activities to challenge themselves - and occasionally some of their customers in the hospitality industry – to raise the fundraising stakes,

Jeff Tosh from Lisburn, Sales Director for Tennent’s NI, and Dromore’s Ryan Knox, Commercial Manager, were delighted to hand over the £18,568 donation to the charity which provides vital support to Northern Ireland’s regional centre for cancer care at the City Hospital in Belfast, as well as providing help for cancer patients and their families right across Northern Ireland.

Jeff commented: “This is a good cause which had huge resonance with all of us at Tennent’s NI for most of us have someone within our family or know someone within our circle of friends who has been affected by cancer. Because we knew that the money we raised would help the charity’s vital work we all threw ourselves into support and we certainly lived up to our campaign’s theme to ‘Make time for Friends’.

“Although we like to put the ‘fun’ into our fundraising activities, we take our company’s corporate social responsibility seriously and we recognize the importance and value of ‘putting something back’ into the community in which we live, socialize and work. For all of us at Tennent’s NI it has been a privilege to be associated with this wonderful charity and to find out more about the amazing work that is being done in cancer treatment, support and research right here in Northern Ireland.

“Our thanks go to all those who donated directly to the campaign or attended Tennent’s NI fundraising events and, of course, a special thank you to those who put so much hard work and creativity in organizing our charity programme.

“We know that every penny raised will be put to good use by Friends of the Cancer Centre, making life better for cancer patients and their families.”