The family of a Limavady man who passed away after battling cancer has thanked his colleagues for holding a fundraising walk in his memory.
Brian McIlmoyle died on June 20th, two years ago.
The father-of-three worked at North West Motor Factors in Limavady where he was a much loved colleague for more than 20 years.
“Brian was a colleague and friend to all of us,” said a spokesperson for North West Motor Factors, “and we wanted to do something in his memory.”
On Father’s Day, June 19, the staff organised a fundraising walk at Mount Errigal in Donegal in aid of the Sperrin Room in Altnagelvin.
“We wanted to do something in his memory and raise money for the Sperrin Room at the same time and to let his family know we are still thinking of him,” said the spokesperson.
“We aimed to raise £1,000, and we should exceed that.”
The spokesperson said there’s not a day goes past when Brian isn’t mentioned.
“Brian was never in a bad mood. He was so good, a real family person. He would do anything for his family and he was so modest. He was so good.”
Brian’s wife, Jacki said the family, including children Amy, Olivia and Ross, wanted to pay heartfelt thanks to North West Motor Factors for organising the walk.
“I want to say ‘thank you’ from myself and the children,” said Jacki, who explained the business organised a fundraising cycle last year.
“Brian meant so much to them,” said Jacki. “It’s so nice to know they haven’t forgotten him and that they are never going to forget him.
“Even for them to be there on Sunday, Father’s Day. It meant all the fathers gave up their day with their families for that.”
The Sperrin Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital provides treatment to patients between Monday and Fridays. It is a purpose-built chemotherapy unit with 21 treatment chairs, an inpatient ward with 14 beds, an outpatient facility with nine consulting rooms and facilities for rehabilitation specialist palliative care and support services. Patients can be in treatment for six months with weekly to three weekly visits to the unit for chemotherapy. At times the side-effects from the treatment may require the patient to be admitted to hospital and such patients are cared for on Ward 43.
The facilities in Ward 43 are of the highest standard, with all single rooms with ensuite facilities.
Donations can still be made to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/bryan-donaghy