South Belfast Support Group Raise a Staggering £140K in Just Three Years

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During these difficult times we want to shine the spotlight on one of our amazing Fundraising Groups, the South Belfast Support group who have been by our side through both the good and bad times.

The South Belfast Support Group was set up our long standing supporter Eddie Marcus, who had previously been involved in both the Maysfield and Barrington Support Groups, and a group of volunteers from the South Belfast area.  In just three years this remarkable group of people have raised a staggering £140,000 to support children and young people impacted by cancer and their families.

They raised this amazing sum by organising events, big and small, including the group’s annual Cycle to Lapland, the Blues Brothers Cup on Boxing day, the Toby’s Cycle, by running marathons, and holding collections at Belsonic and the Belfast Christmas Markets, to name a few.

Eddie with Toby and Cian

Eddie Marcus, a founder member of the South Belfast Support Group, has volunteered tirelessly for Cancer Fund for Children over the last 30 years. His volunteering was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours when he was awarded with the prestigious British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2017.

Eddie is the first to admit that he could not have achieved this feat on his own and is thankful for all the help the South Belfast Support Group has received from many people and businesses from the area.

Cancer Fund for Children would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to not only everyone who has helped the South Belfast Support Group over the last three years.  We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all members of South Belfast Support Group, past and present, for their loyalty, commitment, and hard work.

We recently caught up with Eddie and this is what he had to say about the success of the group,

“My involvement with Cancer Fund for Children began when I ran the Belfast City Marathon for Malcolm Sargent back in 1991.

I formed the Maysfield Support Group, and as Chairman I worked with groups across the city, organising a wide range of fundraising events and used my personal and professional contacts to make a difference.

I am passionate about supporting local children and families and love nothing more than

Bernard Lavery & NI Footballer Niall McGinn

inspiring others to support Cancer Fund for Children. Fundraising is a way of life in our family, so much so my son Gareth got involved from a young age. In adulthood he along with two others formed the South Belfast Support Group and I now work alongside them organising various events. I would like to give a special mention to my wife Joanie who has been a wonderful support to me through this journey.

Over three and a half years of fundraising with the South Belfast Support Group we continue to grow and are so proud to have raised over £140,000 as a team to make a difference to families living with cancer throughout Northern Ireland.”

A massive THANK YOU to Eddie and all the members of South Belfast Support Group for help us ensure that children and young people do not have to face cancer alone. You can check out photos from the groups fundraising events over the years on our Facebook Page.

If you have been inspired by Eddie’s story and would like to set up your own fundraising group or join one of our existing groups please contact our Community Fundraiser Cormac e: cormac@cancerfunforchildren.com or call us on 028 9080 5599. 

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