Cancer Research branch holds AGM

Front Row:   Billy Ferguson;   Nan White; Cllr Joan Baird;  Millicent Ferguson. Back Row:    Aideen Rice; Maureen Kerr;  Sarah Burns;  Margaret Barr;  Alwyn Grah
Front Row: Billy Ferguson; Nan White; Cllr Joan Baird; Millicent Ferguson. Back Row: Aideen Rice; Maureen Kerr; Sarah Burns; Margaret Barr; Alwyn Grah

The Banbridge Committee of Cancer Research UK raised almost £16,000 over the last year.

The figure was reported at the branch’s annual general meeting which took place in the civic building, Banbridge on Tuesday evening February 24.

The event was hosted by Councillor Joan Baird, deputising for the chairman, Councillor Marie Hamilton, who suffered a recent family bereavement.

The treasurer reported another satisfactory year of fundraising and a cheque was handed over to Cancer Research UK.

Chairman, Billy Ferguson thanked all the committee members for all their hard work and commitment during the year and paid tribute to the people of Banbridge and District for their generosity and unwavering support for the charity.

He said: “Cancer Research UK supports more than 50 researchers in Belfast - based at the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology, and at the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital.

“Currently over two million pounds is spent annually at these centres on research. This is vital work if we are to get the survival rate up from two in four to three in four within the next 20 years.

“The key to an ultimate cure for cancer is research and all of us must pledge our full support for this vital work.”

All committee offices were declared vacant and Councillor Baird was invited to conduct the election of officers for the coming year. This resulted in the re-election of Billy Ferguson as chairman; Mrs Nan White as secretary and Mrs Millicent Ferguson as treasurer.

The committee are looking forward to another successful year of fundraising and to the continuing support and generosity of the people of Banbridge and District.