Stepping out in memory of Judith

Judith Gillanders
Judith Gillanders

A walk has been organised at Hillsborough Forest Park in memory of mother-of-two Judith Gillanders, who died from cancer last year.

’A Stroll in the Park’ will be held in Judith’s memory on Saturday, May 30.

Judith died from an aggressive form of cancer on May 28, last year, leaving her husband Ross and two children, George (5) and Ciara (3).

She andRoss married in 2006 and spent time in the USA and in England before Ross’s work took them back to Northern Ireland in 2014.

While living in Long Island Judith cut her hair cut and had it donated to ‘Love Locks’ - an organisation which makes wigs for people undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

When the family moved to Vermont, Judith, who was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, volunteered as a translator for a charity that provided free healthcare for Latino migrant workers and supported disadvantaged youngsters.

She was always keen to help out however she could.

Judith’s mother, Elizabeth Boreland said: “Wherever Judith lived one of her great loves was to get involved with and support local charities.”

The upcoming walk around the park starts from the Plough Inn at 1pm and returns there for light refreshments afterwards.

Judith’s family organised the event to honour her memory and raise funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

The money raised by the walk will be used to support local cancer research, as Judith had requested.

Suzanne O’Loughlin, Community Fundraising Officer, Cancer Focus NI, said: “We are delighted to be the beneficiary of this thoughtful event in memory of Judith.

“As a Girl Guide Leader and a great lover of the outdoors this is a perfect way to celebrate Judith’s life.

“We are really looking forward to seeing family, friends, colleagues and neighbours all coming together to remember Judith and all that she accomplished.

“We really would urge any other members of the local community to come along and support the Boreland family with their fundraising.”

For more information on the event ring Suzanne O’Loughlin on 028 9068 0741.