FOUR Rathfriland locals attended an event to rename a local cancer charity recently.
The Ulster Cancer Foundation is now known as Cancer Focus Northern Ireland - and those in attendance included members of Rathfriland’s fundraising group.
Jean Ferguson, June McKnight, Joe McKnight and Sally Weir attended the special event which also celebrated the charity’s 40-year history.
Master of ceremonies, UTV news anchor Paul Clark joined staff, patients, carers, supporters and corporate partners to unveil the new name – Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
Roisin Foster, Chief Executive, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, said, “As the Ulster Cancer Foundation we have had a very proud history and more than 40 years experience of supporting cancer patients and their families in Northern Ireland.
“Every year we’ve helped more than 3,000 people living with cancer – men and women, young and old, with all types of cancer and at all stages of illness. We’ve funded five major research projects, reached 60,000 people with our cancer prevention services including 29,000 school children, campaigned for patients’ rights and every year we invest more than £3.5m in our local community.
“Changing our name will not change the work we do or the services we provide free of charge – these things will never change – and as Cancer Focus we remain absolutely committed to helping and supporting local cancer patients.
“What will change is the number of people we want to reach and support. At present there are 70,000 families in Northern Ireland living with cancer – a huge number of people! Our goal is to reach out to as many of them as possible by extending our services and bringing them to more venues across Northern Ireland.
“As we rebrand to Cancer Focus Northern Ireland I want to pay tribute to all those who led the organisation to where we are today. We want to assure everyone associated with us that we treasure our history and founding principles.
“As Cancer Focus Northern Ireland we will carry forward the mission of the Ulster Cancer Foundation with the same heart, drive and enthusiasm both now and in the future.”
For more information click on www.cancerfocusni.org or follow the charity on Facebook or Twitter @CancerFocusNI.