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Strabane Academy raise £25,000 pink pounds for Cancer Focus NI

8th Nov 2017

 

Congratulations to Strabane Academy which has raised a staggering£25,000 over the last 14 years to help local people affected by cancer.

The dynamic school raised the staggering sum for leading local cancer charity, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, who said it was absolutely thrilled.

Over £2,000 was collected at the school’s annual pink day – and all the money raised for the charity stays in Northern Ireland.

Pupils and staff turned pink for a day and held a range of fundraising activities including a pink fair at the junior campus, filled with incredible baking and creative games.

The senior campus also celebrated a Pink day by holding their own fundraising activities, while staff received free health checks from the Cancer Focus NI Keeping Well staff.

All the money raised by the school this year will go towards funding Cancer Focus NI’s breast cancer research at Queen’s University Belfast. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Northern Ireland – every year 1,200 are diagnosed and 300 lose their lives.

Lianne Mulholland, community fundraising officer for Cancer Focus NI, said: “We have been so impressed by the phenomenal effort put in by staff and pupils at Strabane Academy for their pink day this year.

“All the money raised will help tremendously – just £200 will fund half a day’s work by our researchers who could make a huge difference to the future of women who carry the mutated BRCA1 gene, women who have an 85% chance of getting breast cancer.

“All of the donations raised by the school will help our researchers explore better ways to prevent breast cancer and find alternative treatments for high risk women who, at present, have to consider having a mastectomy to drastically cut their chance of cancer.”

If you’d like to organise a Pink event, get your fundraising pack at www.cancerfocusni.org, call our fundraising team on 028 9066 3281 or email fundraising@cancerfocusni.org.

If you’re worried about cancer call the Cancer Focus NI free Nurse Line on 0800 783 3339.

For further information please contact

Lianne Mulholland, Community Fundraising Officer

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland on

028 9068 0741/ liannemulholland@cancerfocusni.org

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