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NIHF Hospitality Exchange Ball raises £2,965 for Friends of the Cancer Centre

Stephen Meldrum & Ana Wilkinson

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) Hospitality Exchange Ball, which was held in Belfast in October 2019, has raised £2,965 for Friends of the Cancer Centre.

For 35 years, Friends of the Cancer Centre has been dedicated to making a real and meaningful difference to cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland. The charity enhances the quality of patient care and support by funding additional nurses, supporting local research and providing practical support, such as financial grants and free complementary therapy treatments, to patients.

Discussing the donation NIHF President Stephen Meldrum says:

“We’re thrilled that guests who attended our annual Hospitality Exchange Ball in October gave so generously to support Friends of the Cancer Centre. This charity relies entirely on local donations to enable it to provide the support that it does to local people affected by cancer. I have experience of the fantastic service they provide and know what a difference their services can make.”

“Cancer affects so many families in Northern Ireland and the fact that the money raised will go directly to benefit local cancer patients and their families is important.  It will make a genuine difference to people’s lives.”

Thanking the NIHF Hospitality Exchange Ball patrons Ana Wilkinson, corporate fundraising manager for Friends of the Cancer Centre, adds:

“At Friends of the Cancer Centre we believe little things make a big difference and we strive to make a really difficult time for patients and families a little easier. From a cup of tea and a daily newspaper to help pass the time while waiting on appointments, to giving patients a space away from their beds and busy wards with our comfy day rooms.

“Many families also receive support from Friends of the Cancer Centre’s team of ten clinical nurse specialists who provide expert medical care and support to thousands of patients each year. The generous donation of £2965.25 from the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and the guests who attended their gala event will enable Friends of the Cancer Centre to fund one hour of specialist nursing care for 118 local people with cancer, giving them access to the best care available when they need it most.

“We are most grateful to NIHF President, Stephen Meldrum, for nominating Friends of the Cancer Centre to receive support during his term as President of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.”

For further information on the Friends of the Cancer Centre visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com

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