Local people who signed up to a six-week fundraising health and fitness challenge have helped raise a fantastic £8,500 for Cancer Focus NI.
The charity teamed up with local gym owner Scott McGarry back in May to offer The Ballymena Focus Fit Challenge at his Health and Fitness centre in Ahoghill.
While The challenge was free to enter those who took part were asked to raise £300 in sponsorship for Cancer Focus NI.
Scott McGarry said: “The charity has a great presence in Ballymena and has a very active cancer prevention team, encouraging people of all ages to adopt a healthier lifestyle, so this was a perfect fit for us.”
All the money raised by the Challenge will be spent on the services the charity provides in the community. Every year Cancer Focus Northern Ireland supports over 4,000 people living with cancer.
That support includes the provision of 3,100 counselling sessions, answering 1,000 helpline enquiries to 0800 783 3339, holding 110 support group meetings with 266 people, making almost 1,000 journeys to hospital for patients receiving cancer treatments and supporting almost 180 children whose parent is living with cancer.
One of Cancer Focus NI’s main aims is to support world-class, cutting-edge research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.
They’ve invested over £11m since being established in 1969 (first as the Ulster Cancer Foundation) and are one of the major funders of cancer research in Northern Ireland.