Cancer charity going strong after three years

Gerald Degnan pictured with nine-year-old Todd Vance who got the opportunity to go to Disneyland Paris courtesy of the Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation. INNT40-508CON
Gerald Degnan pictured with nine-year-old Todd Vance who got the opportunity to go to Disneyland Paris courtesy of the Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation. INNT40-508CON
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A Whiteabbey-based charity set up in memory of local woman Eilish Degnan recently marked its third anniversary.

Eilish bravely battled cancer for many years before she passed away in June 2008.

Inspired by his mother’s fight against the disease, her son, Gerald, set up the Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation three months after her death.

The charity’s goal is to raise funds to help children suffering from all forms of terminal illness and their families, giving them a brief respite from their daily burden through day trips, holidays or even meeting with their heroes - bringing a little happiness into their lives.

Over the past 36 months, the Foundation has taken children and young people on several VIP trips to shows at the Odyssey Arena, allowed them to meet their favourite sporting stars and even paid for families to visit Euro Disney.

The next event will see 10 children and their families getting the opportunity to visit the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service’s Central Station in Belfast to check out the fire engines and enjoy firefighting demonstrations.

Looking back on the past three years, Gerald commented: “We’ve helped more than 70 families so far and hopefully we’ve been able to make a positive difference to people’s lives. We’ve had a lot of nice letters and a lot of positive feedback from people, which is really good.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...