Solicitors ‘go mo’ for cancer charity drive

Solicitors taking part in the Movember fundraiser at Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors, from left, Pauric McGonagle, Gavin Campbell, Cormac Blee, James Kelly and Kevin Gallagher. (2711PG40)
Solicitors taking part in the Movember fundraiser at Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors, from left, Pauric McGonagle, Gavin Campbell, Cormac Blee, James Kelly and Kevin Gallagher. (2711PG40)
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A Derry solicitor who has overcome cancer has been joined by work colleagues in a ‘Movember’ awareness and fundraising drive.

Gavin Campbell of Campbell-Fitzpatrick enlisted workmates Cormac Blee, Pauric McGonagle, Kevin Gallagher and James Kelly for the month long moustache growing fundraiser.

Helping with the Movember fundraising at Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors by organising a cake sale and Zumba sessions are, from left, Evelyn Sterritt, Sharon Ramsey and Angela Collins. (2711PG41)

Helping with the Movember fundraising at Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors by organising a cake sale and Zumba sessions are, from left, Evelyn Sterritt, Sharon Ramsey and Angela Collins. (2711PG41)

“Movember’s a great way of drawing attention to a very worthy cause, of raising funds and awareness and to have a bit of a laugh while doing it,” Gavin told the ‘Journal’ yesterday.

The Movember initiative sees participants grow moustaches for the 30 days of November to raise cash for and awareness of men’s cancer charities and specifically prostate and testicular cancers.

“It’s all been about raising a few pounds and having some fun while doing it; it’s been really pleasing to see everyone get behind it,” Gavin says.

He knows only too well about the importance of raising awareness of men’s health issues.

In November of last year he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer and has since made a “great recovery.”

“The diagnosis came as a major shock, but I knew I was in good hands,” he says.

Gavin underwent surgery on January 8 of this year.

“It went well, it was a great success. I am so very happy, and so very relieved to be so well,” he says.

And it wasn’t just the male staff who got on board with the firm’s Movember efforts - a cake sale organised by Evelyn Sterritt and Sharon Ramsey was held at the Castle Street office yesterday, while receptionist Angela Collins put staff through their paces at a Zumba class last week.

Another three colleagues from the firm’s Belfast office have also been on board with the charity drive.

You can get more info on the solicitor’s fundraising and make a donation online at http://uk.movember.com/team/929117