Whiteabbey group helps charity mark anniversary

Chair of the Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group, Mr Lawrence Fisher and local fundraisers present Action Cancer's chairman, Norman Carson with a cheque for �6,000.
Chair of the Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group, Mr Lawrence Fisher and local fundraisers present Action Cancer's chairman, Norman Carson with a cheque for �6,000.

Members of Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group have helped the charity mark 40 years of saving lives and supporting people affected by cancer.

Action Cancer was founded in 1973 by the late George Edelstyn, an oncologist at Belvoir Park Hospital.

The Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group was formed a year later to raise funds to support the charity’s work and since that time its members have raised over £250,000.

Action Cancer’s chairperson, Norman Carson said: “As we look back over almost 40 years, it’s easy to imagine how early cancer detection has saved lives and how through local people’s volunteering and support, we have raised funds that are reinvested into services in local communities, such as health checks and counselling. We would like to say a big thank you to all our supporters, and with cancer diagnoses rates increasing and survival rates increasing too, there’s plenty of work for us to do and everyone’s support is needed, even more so, in the months and years to come.”

The Whiteabbey Group’s treasurer, Marion Fisher highlighted why she joined the group in 1982.

“Like so many people, everyone in our group has been affected by cancer, lost someone to the disease or watched family battle cancer. Our members will tell you that raising awareness of the services of Action Cancer and raising funds is our own way of contributing to the charity and helping others, and we were delighted to present the charity with our latest contribution of £6,000.

“Cancer is a disease that touches the lives of many people; Action Cancer is focused in providing a range of quality services to prevent cancer, detect cancer at an early and more treatable stage and to support people who have cancer, as well as their families. The excellent work which they do has impacted positively on the lives of many mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters in the Newtownabbey area, and continues to do so - all within our group are very proud to be a part of something so special.”

Action Cancer relies heavily on donations from the public to provide a range of vital, life-saving services including digital breast screening services (for women aged 40 - 49 and 70+), MOT health checks, counselling, complementary therapy, Listening Ear Service and health promotion.

Since Action Cancer’s Big Bus went on the road in 2006, it has visited the Newtownabbey area more than 30 times, with 768 breast screenings and 640 health checks taking place on board.

The Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group is made up of local people who volunteer to organise events and collections, and to raise the profile of the charity and its services.

Anyone who feels they could help the charity make a difference locally should contact Action Cancer’s Group Support Officer, Leigh Chamberlain on 9080 3369 or lchamberlain@actioncancer.org