Billy heading to Delamont to raise funds for charity

Billy heading to Delamont to raise funds for charity

8 August 2018

CANCER Focus is to benefit from a fundraising walk being organised by Rowallane councillor Billy Walker.

He is planning to put his walking boots on next month to cover 10 miles around Delamont Country Park to raise funds for an organisation which provides a range of services, many of which are used by families across the district.

Cllr Walker aims to raise £1,000 for the charity’s family service which provides key support to children who have lost a parent to the disease which can leave them isolated, frightened and in need of comfort and help as a result of the dramatic change to their lives.

The service also helps families cope with the devastating disruption to ordinary family life and works to minimise the long-term impact on children’s emotional well-being when a mum, dad or close family member has cancer. 

Cllr Walker said he is very much aware of the excellent work Cancer Focus does in the area and the comfort it has brought to many families at what is an incredibly difficult time for them.

“This charity does amazing work and I would be delighted if people will sponsor my walk around Delamont on Saturday, September 8. They can also join me if they wish,” he said.

The fundraising walk is due to start at 9am and the Rowallane councillor has a number of sponsor forms if anyone would like to collect one from him to help him reach his total.

“People are very generous with a number already making donations,” explained Cllr Walker. “I have around £400 at the moment and believe the £1,000 target I have set can be achieved.

“Cancer Focus staff do a tremendous job, working alongside families experiencing the most challenging time in their lives.

“I know some families who have benefited from the support the charity provides and they have told me they simply could not have made it through the dark times without the support of this organisation.”

Cllr Walker said all the money raised on behalf of Cancer Focus stays in Northern Ireland and hopes people will sponsor his fundraiser and come along on September 8 to support him.

He added: “All Cancer Focus NI services are provided free of charge for cancer patients and their families so the financial support they receive via fundraising is essential to allow dedicated staff to continue with their valuable work. 

“I know the money that I will be raising, with the support of others, will really make a difference to families in need.”