Mayor’s Gala Ball Heralds Early Spring for Cancer Fund for Children
A Spring Gala Ball, hosted by the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has raised a staggering £11,557 to provide practical and emotional support children and young people impacted by cancer and their families.
Cancer Fund for Children is this year’s Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council mayoral charity and their inaugural Spring Gala Ball took place on 1st February in Larchfield Estate to celebrate everything Lisburn and Castlereagh has to offer, as well as raise vital funds.
Over 130 guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining, with The Yellow Door, Old Barn Events and Catering Specialists, French Village and Jane’s Kitchen providing a sumptuous four course meal with fantastic support from Table 10 catering event hire, Pallas Foods and NJB Corporate Bar Services. The evening was hosted by special guest Paul Clark and guests enjoyed hearing from two young adults who have benefited from the support of Cancer Fund for Children. This was followed by a live auction hosted by Robert Wilson before guests set the dance-floor alight to the Just Adam Band.
Speaking at the gala event The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin said,
“It is heart wrenching when anyone receives a cancer diagnosis, but when you hear of a child battling this unforgiving disease it would bring a tear to the eye. My Mayoral charity, Cancer Fund for Children plays an important role in supporting children and their families from the point of diagnosis, through treatment to when they return home and beyond.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported The Spring Gala Ball from the bottom of my heart. I would also like to thank our headline sponsor Larchfield Estate and our platinum sponsors McCulla Ireland and Bank of Ireland, Lisburn for their generosity in making a difference to local families living with cancer.”
Wendy McCulla, the Chair of Cancer Fund for Children added,
“Every year we support approximately 500 families’ coming to terms with the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis. This includes children diagnosed with cancer and their families as well as families where a parent has cancer. Last year we provided 2,210 children, young people and parents with a free therapeutic short break in Daisy Lodge giving them the opportunity to spend quality time together, in a peaceful and nurturing environment which is far removed from hospital wards and treatment regimes.”
“As we receive less than 0.5% of our funding from local government we quite simply cannot provide essential services without the support of the local community. By supporting us this evening you are making sure that we can be there for even more young people and families in 2019 and beyond.”
Find out more about how you can help make a difference to children and young people impacted by cancer here.