Sperrin Suite close to Elder family’s hearts

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A Ballykelly family were inspired to start fundraising for the Sperrin Suite at Altnagelvin after they saw first hand the brilliant work carried out by the staff.

Diane Elder explained how three years ago the family decided to start their fundraising.

“My father-in-law, George, was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was treated at the Sperrin Suite and at the time my mother-in-law said she would love to give something back.”

So Diane and her husband, also George, enlisted the help of her family and friends to raise some funds. And when they had a successful first year they decided to make it a family tradition.

“The staff at the Sperrin Suite were excellent. They looked after my father-in-law really well and they do amazing work.

“I know they greatly appreciate any donations they receive, so we wanted to do as much as we could for them.”

This year the Elder family raised a £500 donation through completing a 10 mile sponsored walk around the two bridges in Derry.

George has recovered from his cancer battle - but Diane said she is determined to keep raising funds for the Sperrin Suite and for other cancer charities which remain close to her heart.

“I lost an uncle to lung cancer as well, so I know there aren’t many families who aren’t touched by it.”

The Elder family are also fundraising for Leah Wright from Eglinton who is currently battling cancer.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and who continue to support us - from local businesses to members of the public. I know how difficult it can be to be generous in times of recession but people have been great and I know it means a lot to the Sperrin Suite and other charities.”