Slide On: ‘Seeing the money at work is so inspiring’

Deborah McGlinchey pictured with her son Shea.
Deborah McGlinchey pictured with her son Shea.

If there’s one person in Derry who knows all about the work of Cancer Research UK it’s Deborah McGlinchey.

She’s currently cancer free, has been for two years, but having fought breast cancer twice, she has witnessed their work first hand.

It’s this personal knowledge which has prompted her to take part in Slide On for the second year running.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ she explained, “Last year, I stood at the top of Shipquay Street and I was so scared, which is just ridiculous given that I’ve been through cancer twice.

“But once I got on the slide it was amazing, the best fun and a great day out.

“I cannot wait to do it again this year - and my son Shea, who’s twelve, will be sliding too.”

Shea knows all about his mum’s cancer and the treatment she received.

“He’s so informed. He’s in year 9 at Lumen Christi and he was given the chance to choose the charity for their fundraising and he choose Cancer Research UK.

“I have been on a lab tour of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology in Belfast and the work they carry out is mindblowing.

“Ten or fifteen years ago, it was a one-treatment-fits-all, nowadays every patient is treated personally. They do tests on the tumour, which does take ten days, but it’s worth it, because then the medication you receive is personal to you.

“To see the lab, and witness how the money is used, has definitely inspired me to support Cancer Research UK - I’m also on the local Legenderry Committee now too, I’m so determined to help the charity.”

Anyone wishing to register for Slide On can go online to or visit the information booth which will be in the Richmond Centre every Saturday in August from 11am-4pm.