Barn Dance has raised £62K for cancer charity

Organisers of a barn dance which, to date, has raised more than £60,000 for charity, hope country music fans will support the event next month.

Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 9:59 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 11:01 am
Cancer Focus NI fundraiser Emma McCann (left) and the charitys chief executive Roisin Foster raise their hats to Andy Smyth, organiser of the Smyths Barn Dance in Dungiven

Smyth’s Barn Dance has raised a whopping £62,000 for Cancer Focus to date.

Since it started, thousands of people from the North West, and beyond, have supported the event.

“I chose to support Cancer Focus NI because of the support it gives to ground-breaking research being carried out at Queen’s,” said Andy Smyth, the driving force behind the charity barn dance.

“Cancer has affected my family a lot over the years,” he said.

“My mum survived bowel cancer, her sister had a mastectomy and all three of her brothers died from cancer.

“We wanted to support a charity that funds research into this terrible disease and Cancer Focus NI fitted the bill perfectly.”

Top country and western star Jimmy Buckley is headlining the dance on June 4, in aid of Cancer Focus NI who say they will use the money raised for cutting-edge research into breast cancer which it funds at Queen’s University Belfast.

Anne Eakin, Chair of the Claudy Cancer Focus Group, said: “The money raised from local events like this is so important to help ensure that Cancer Focus NI can continue with its good work.”

For information on tickets, which can be bought from a variety of outlets, call 07740 531 070, or visit www.cancerfocusni,org for more information about the charity.