Walk the woods for model cause

Ann Connor (centre) who runs the NI School of Modelling with some of her models who are getting ready for the Lagan Valley Walk.
Ann Connor (centre) who runs the NI School of Modelling with some of her models who are getting ready for the Lagan Valley Walk.

A NEWTOWNABBEY woman is urging the public to step out and help support the Friends of the Cancer Centre at the annual Belvoir Forest and Lagan Valley Walk on Saturday, June 2.

Ann Connor, from the Ballyclare Road near Corr’s Corner, is supporting the cause in memory of her late husband Harry, an ex-Sunderland football player, who passed away from non hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2009, at the age of 55.

Ann said: “The Belvoir Forest and Lagan Valley Walk is a leisurely 10-mile stroll and a very enjoyable event for all ages, particularly given the beautiful setting of the park, which makes it an ideal family day out.

“I’d encourage everyone to sign up. It’s only a light summer’s stroll, so don’t worry about your fitness levels - my models could walk the whole route in their high heels, if they so desired.

“In the past this event has raised over £14,000 to help support cancer patients and their families, so I’m keen to do what I can to help raise the event’s profile and encourage new walkers to join the regulars so we can raise as much as possible.”

She added: “Do please register to take part the walk in advance, as it will greatly aid us in providing sufficient food for the lunch which is part of this family day out.”

Ann, who runs the Northern Ireland School of Modelling, has set herself a goal of raising £50,000 for Friends of the Cancer Centre within the next year and is offering a team of fully trained models free of charge to any people or groups who would like to put on a fashion show to raise funds for the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

To take up the offer call 9069 9393 for more details.

Advance registration for the Belvoir Forest and Lagan Valley Walk is required to help the charity provide a lunch for everyone.

Visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com or contact Kelly on 0069 9393 or email info@friendsofthecancercentre.com.