Charity tea fundraiser held at Drenagh for Macmillan Cancer

The Macmillan Afternoon Tea at Drenagh Estate, Limavady.
The Macmillan Afternoon Tea at Drenagh Estate, Limavady.

Dungiven woman Patricia O’Connor is hoping for a good turnout on Saturday for a charity afternoon tea at the historic Drenagh Estate in Limavady.

Patricia, a Palliative Care nurse based in Altnagelvin, said proceeds from the event, which runs from 1-4pm on Saturday go towards Macmillan Cancer Care.

“All the money raised from the event will stay locally,” explained Patricia, who has been nursing since 1977.

“Everything that is raised will go towards the new Health and Wellbeing Campus at Altnagelvin Area Hospital which is for patients, carers and their families living with cancer and other long term conditions.”

The plans include the construction of a new £1 million purpose-built Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre.

Construction work is due to begin in Autumn 2015 with the new campus planned be fully operational by late 2016 at the same time as the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin.

Patricia said everyone knows someone who is impacted by cancer and she hopes people will support the event on Saturday, which she says will raise vital funds to improve the quality of care for families and their loved ones.

There will also be a raffle on the day, with a chance to win a two-night stay in the Clock Tower Apartment along with other donated prizes.

Patricia thanked Drenagh Estate management and staff, and businesses in Limavady and Dungiven which she said have given fantastic support.

Donations can also be made online at www.justgiving.com/drenagh/