Derry cancer survivor launches £10m partnership deal

A Derry cancer survivior who also works as a volunteer in the Cancer Research UK shop volunteer has helped launch a ground-breaking £10 million collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Tesco as a new survey revealed alarming ignorance of cancer symptoms in Northern Ireland.

Margaret Neely joined staff at the Altnagelvin Tesco store to signal the start of a ‘no ordinary’ Charity of the Year partnership

Tesco will raise £10 million to fund 32 early diagnosis research projects across the UK, including Northern Ireland, and will launch a new in-store customer awareness campaign.

Margaret, who was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago, backed an ambitious ‘shopping list’ of goals for the two organisations, with helping to ‘beat cancer’ firmly at the top.

“I’m so excited to be launching this partnership between Cancer Research UK and Tesco,” said Margaret.

“I am one of the lucky ones. When I found a lump I went to the doctor straight away and that’s when I was given a cancer diagnosis,” adds Margaret.

“I had a radical mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but am now well and enjoying life to the full.

“All too often cancer is detected further down the line when effective treatment becomes more difficult”, said Margaret. “If you have an appointment, please keep it – or if you have any worries please see your doctor - it could save your life”.

The launch coincides with the publication of Cancer Research UK’s new survey, which has been funded by Tesco. It reveals shocking results for Northern Ireland.

Jean Walsh, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Northern Ireland, said: “Our new report shows how much more we have to do to raise awareness about the early signs of cancer. Now, thanks to Tesco’s support, our scientists can focus on even more research to find out how we can get cancer diagnosed sooner and help many more people survive in the future.”