Road Racer’s boost for cancer group’s work

Road racer Davy Morgan (front) and Mark Harrison, from Road Racing Supporters Club, and their 200mph 1,000cc superbike, pictured with members of the Upfront Breast Cancer Support Group, from left, Sally Harrison, Nicki Ingram, Jean Campbell, Olwyn Millar and Sandra McDowell. Road Racing Supporters Club has raised thousands of pounds over recent years for the Upfront. US1616-501cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Road racer Davy Morgan (front) and Mark Harrison, from Road Racing Supporters Club, and their 200mph 1,000cc superbike, pictured with members of the Upfront Breast Cancer Support Group, from left, Sally Harrison, Nicki Ingram, Jean Campbell, Olwyn Millar and Sandra McDowell. Road Racing Supporters Club has raised thousands of pounds over recent years for the Upfront. US1616-501cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

The Upfront Breast Cancer Support group got a major boost when it received over £600 from Saintfield Road Racer Davy Morgan on Monday.

Davy, known for selling pink badges featuring his distinctive pink helmet in support of cancer charities, handed money over to representatives of the local group at Wallace Park.

‘The group was a lifeline for me - it saved my sanity’ - Nicki Ingram

One of the members of the group, Nicki Ingram, had breast cancer when she was 39-years-old.

Nicki, who describes herself as ‘very fortunate,’ discovered the lump while on holiday in Florida, in 2003. Once diagnosed she underwent surgery four days later at the City Hospital. She underwent bouts of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and treatment with tomoxofin.

In May 2005 she had a hysterectomy, which Nicki says was as a direct result of the side effects of the medication she took for her cancer.

She has been a member of Upfront Breast Cancer Group for some years. It meets once a month at Spruce Meadows in Lisburn.

“The group was a lifeline for me - it saved my sanity,” said Nicki. “I am a very matter of fact type of person and I just tell it how it is. Nothing I hear shocks me. I enjoy talking things through and I found being a member of the group very beneficial.

“There are people who come to the group that are at all different stages. They may have just been diagnosed, some may have had the all clear, some are still fighting it while others are terminally ill.

“Some want to talk about their cancer and the treatment they are receiving and there are women there that can offer much needed advice.”

Davy Morgan has handed out over £6,500 to Action Cancer and £2,400 to breast cancer charities over the years.

For more information ring Nicki on 0796225018.