Niall finds his voice to help cancer patients

Niall Kennedy with Emma Mullen and her brother Niall in the projection room at the Queen's Film Theatre before the premiere of their movie 'Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story'.
Niall Kennedy with Emma Mullen and her brother Niall in the projection room at the Queen's Film Theatre before the premiere of their movie 'Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story'.

A YOUNG cancer patient from Newtownabbey has become the star of a new film to help young people understand and deal with cancer.

The film ‘Find Your Voice, Tell your Story’ was premiered recently at the Queen’s Film Theatre.

It tells the story of a group of young people and their experiences of having cancer treatment.

Jordanstown lad Niall Kennedy talks about his experiences in the film, which also features cameo appearances from Sunderland FC manager Martin O’Neill, and CLIC Sargent patron and former boxer Barry McGuigan.

The film was developed in partnership with the Educational Shakespeare Company, CLIC Sargent and social workers at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre and was funded by St James’ Place Foundation, The Michael McKibben Trust and the Haematology Charitable Fund.

Niall, who received support from CLIC Sargent during his cancer treatment said: “We felt it was really important to share our experiences of cancer with other young people.

“The film allowed us to do this in a creative way while also learning new skills, and I met Martin O’Neill and Barry McGuigan who were kind enough to play cameo roles in the film.

“Most importantly we had lots of fun making it, so I really hope that people enjoy watching our film.”

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