Hillsborough Mother’s Day walk raises £2,500 for Action Cancer

Members of the Atcheson family taking part in the Action Cancer sponsored walk at Hillsborough park. US1511-528cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Members of the Atcheson family taking part in the Action Cancer sponsored walk at Hillsborough park. US1511-528cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

The Mother’s Day annual sponsored walk is right on target to raise over £2,500 for Action Cancer, Northern Ireland’s leading local charity.

The event which is now in its eighth year, took place on Saturday March 14 2015, at Hillsborough Forest Park.

All the money raised from the walk will help Action Cancer will save lives and support people affected by cancer in Northern Ireland.

It is now predicted that one in two people will be given a diagnosis of cancer at some stage in their lives. Action Cancer provides breast screening services for women aged between 40-49 and 70 plus.

Each month over 1,000 women are screened free of charge and out of this nearly seven breast cancers are detected. Please help to continue to offer this service to the women of Northern Ireland. A digital mammogram costs Action Cancer £80 per person.

Each walker was given a well-deserved goody bag sponsored by SuperValu, and also treated to mid-morning tea/coffee, scones and traybakes in The Plough.

Fundraising Events Officer Sarah-Jayne Cassells said that they were overwhelmed with the support that the walk has brought.

“We’re currently well on target to raise over £2500. This is a fabulous amount which will go toward Action Cancer’s life saving services here in Northern Ireland, so for everyone who attended or sponsored someone thank you very much, your money will definitely go far.

“Every year we help and support 50,000 people across Northern Ireland through the delivery of our services. For every £80 raised from this event, we are able to provide a free breast screening for women aged between 40-49 years and 70 years plus. Each month over 1,000 women are screened free of charge and out of this nearly five breast cancers are detected. Therefore every single penny counts.”