Remembering little Mark Gilmore

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Members of a Ballymena family plan to stage a special fund-raising gala ball in memory of little Mark Gilmore who passed away almost 20 years ago after a battle with leukaemia.

Eric Gilmore says the loss of his brother is still with him to this day and so, with cousins Gary Gilmore and Fiona Beggs, he wanted to pay a special tribute to the youngster by raising vital funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.

And the centrepiece of a year long series of events to boost the charity’s coffers will be a formal ‘gala ball’ at Ballymena’s Tullyglass House Hotel on Friday, August 28 2015. Tickets are £35 per person and can be obtained by contacting Eric on 07834988501 or Gary on 07749959510.

Eric explains: “Mark was diagnosed with leukaemia in December 1989 and went through a number of years of treatment during which he was very brave and touched everyone who knew him. Attempts were made to find a bone marrow donor to match with him but this proved impossible and he passed away on July 2 1995.

“It was a big loss in our family which has never been forgotten and that is why we will be running a number of events to help raise funds for the charity.

“If anyone wants to help out by staging events, raising sponsorship or even contributing prizes for raffles etc, then they can contact myself or Gary on the numbers provided.”