A Roe Valley charity has received a welcome boost from a local man who has battled cancer and now wants to help others.
Lexie Stewart, 79, was diagnosed with stomach cancer two years ago. He says the treatment from every single person involved in his care in the health service has been “200 per cent”.
Looking forward to 57 years of marriage to Jean in April, Lexie says: “I’m doing grand and just getting on with life.”
To thank all those who cared for him, and to help others, Lexie organised a coffee morning at Christ Church in Limavady, raising £600. Those that couldn’t contribute on the day gave donations bring the total to £1,000.
Lexie donated £500 to Macmillan Cancer Support, and £500 to Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie.
Chairperson of Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie, Lucille, thanked Lexie for his donation.
“Heavens above, it’s a welcome boost,” said Lucille. chairperson of the charity for almost 25 years. “When you meet Lexie, and hear what he has been through, and then to see how he wants to helps others, it’s fantastic. We are very thankful.”
As Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie approaches its 25th anniversary next year, Lucille is appealing for volunteers.The charity has raised more than £200,000 since it was established.
“We would love to have half a dozen volunteers come on board and help with fundraising,” said Lucille. “It’s all about awareness.”