Two Primarks go head-to-head in cancer charity match

Primark staff at a previous fundraiser left to right: Mary Logue, Laura Coyle, Chl�e Cairns, Ryan Mayne, Cathy Lynch, Anne Watson, Ann Devine, Carol Stewart, Victoria Copland, Debbie Walker, Denise Hogan, Sinead Gallagher.

Primark staff at a previous fundraiser left to right: Mary Logue, Laura Coyle, Chl�e Cairns, Ryan Mayne, Cathy Lynch, Anne Watson, Ann Devine, Carol Stewart, Victoria Copland, Debbie Walker, Denise Hogan, Sinead Gallagher.

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Staff from Derry’s two Primark stores are to go head-to-head in a football match this weekend for a cancer charity.

The boys from the Lisnagelvin and Newmarket Street stores will pit their skills against each other at Bishop’s Field in Creggan this Sunday, with kick-off at 10.30am.

Ryan Mayne with Carol Stewart.

Ryan Mayne with Carol Stewart.

The match has been organised by Lisnagelvin-based Primark Senior Department Manager Ryan Mayne, to raise funds for the Friends Of the Cancer Centre at the City Hospital, Belfast.

It is a cause close to the hearts of the local Primark crew, as the charity helped staff member Carol Stewart’s son John while he was receiving radiotherapy and chemotherapy in the period prior to his death in February, 2014. John, who was a chef at The Belfray Hotel, died from a brain tumour aged just 24.

Carol praised Ryan and her other colleagues for helping with fundraising, ahead of her own Garden Party fundraiser on June 6th from 9am to 5.30am on Gortinure Road.

Carol said: “My manager rang me and said they wanted to do something for fundraising and he organised a Fun Day and the football match.

“It was very touching, very emotional, and this football match is a great thing.

“It raises awareness of the work the charity doed- I cannot thank them enough for the what they did.”

Carol added: “Cancer doesn’t make a choice on who it takes and we want to help as many people as we can.”

The Lisnagelvin store with the help of the city centre store have already pulled in £500 to date for the charity, with a couple of other stores from Northern Ireland also chipping in. There has also been a donations from staff at Primark in Clydebank in Scotland, after they heard about the charity drive.

Ryan said: “There has been brilliant support from the staff and we would urge people to come along and support the event.”

The match is open to all.