Nuala gives people chance to make their own little piece of Olympic history

Sarah Atcheson from Cancer Focus Northern Ireland wishes Nuala McDonald (right) all the best for her fundraising efforts ahead of the Kilimanjaro Trek in October.
Sarah Atcheson from Cancer Focus Northern Ireland wishes Nuala McDonald (right) all the best for her fundraising efforts ahead of the Kilimanjaro Trek in October.

NEWTOWNABBEY woman Nuala McDonald has come up with a unique and very topical fundraising endeavour to raise vital funds for local cancer charity, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Nuala, who is taking part in the charity’s Kilimanjaro Trek in October this year, is hoping to harness ‘Olympic Fever’ by inviting people to have their picture taken with the Olympic Torch at the Peter Thomas Photography Studio in Belfast during August.

Nuala, who lives in Mallusk, explained: “My sister Bernadine, a secondary school teacher, was nominated to carry the flame because she is an inspiration to all who meet her; she is involved in cross community work and has worked as a volunteer for charity over the past 10 years. Since taking part in the torch relay she has been touring primary schools and using the positive message of the torch to inspire the next generation. Everywhere she has gone people have always been eager to be photographed with the torch - to have their own little piece of Olympic history. Peter and I are hoping to open this opportunity up to people, and in doing so, achieve something worthwhile for a good cause.

“On Thursday 9 and Monday 13 August, I am inviting people along to have their photograph taken by Peter Crymble, Portrait Photographer of the Year 2012. For the small fee of £20 people will get a 30 minute photo shoot with Peter and a 10 x 8 inch print of their choice from the range of photographs taken. Of course they will have the option of ordering more prints at an additional cost.”

Nuala revealed how she wanted to support Cancer Focus because of her family experience.

“Both my father and my mother-in-law passed away from cancer and having trained as a nurse, I have seen at first hand the challenges that cancer brings to individuals and their wider family circle.

“Climbing Kilimanjaro will be a once in a lifetime experience for me, and I want to offer local people their own ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to have their photograph taken with this powerful and inspirational symbol, especially during the London 2012 Olympics.

“To book your session all you have to do is phone Peter on 028 9075 6705. Or visit to view his previous work.”

Sarah Atcheson, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Cancer Focus, added: “We are delighted that Nuala is going the extra mile for Cancer Focus by signing up for our Kilimanjaro Challenge Trek. Although it is one of our most challenging treks, with participants walking many hours each day in high altitudes, it is the experience of a lifetime.

“We congratulate Nuala’s determination and commitment to helping improve the lives of local people and their families who have been affected by cancer. I would like to encourage everyone to go along to the studio to have their picture taken - it will definitely be something to treasure and show the grandchildren.”

Cancer Focus’s Kilimanjaro Challenge Trek takes place from October 15 - 26. At at height of 5,896 metres, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

For more information about the Kilimanjaro Trek or any other challenges organised by UCF, contact Sarah at Cancer Focus on 028 9068 0765 or email