Friends fundraise for cause close to their hearts

Friends Hayley Walker with Lynsey Ferris, Michelle McMichael, Roberta Purdy, Naomi Duffy and Kirsten Davis. INLV2615-377KDR
Friends Hayley Walker with Lynsey Ferris, Michelle McMichael, Roberta Purdy, Naomi Duffy and Kirsten Davis. INLV2615-377KDR

A group of best friends who have lost loved ones to cancer are “giving back” to a cause close to their hearts, writes Sheena Jackson.

The women, who are all from the Roe Valley area, are organising a charity fundraiser in aid of Marie Curie Cancer.

Michelle McMichael from Limavady says their first fundraiser last year, held at Glack GAC grounds, raised more than £2,000.

“We all know the value of Marie Curie and the work they do so, we came up with this idea. We have a tea party and encourage people to make a donation.”

Michelle explained why they chose to fundraise for Marie Curie.

“Marie Curie is a cause close to all of our hearts. There are five of us - myself, Naomi Duffy, Hayley Walker, Roberta Purdy and Linda McIlmoyle - and we have all been affected by cancer,” said Michelle.

“It’s a way to give back and say ‘thank you’. This is our second year holding the event and, last year, we raised more than £2,000.”

Michelle added: “We are so thankful for the generosity shown by everyone who supported the event and we hope we can raise as much, if not more, this year.”

Marie Curie provides “care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families”.

The charity said they have been been “carrying out this vital work for over 65 years – last year alone we cared for over 40,000 people across the UK”.

For more information visit Marie Curie online at www.mariecurie.org.uk