Banbridge farm event to raise funds for three local charities

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OPEN DAY: Host farmer George Mitchell, Banbridge, is pictured with representatives from the charities set to benefit from the forthcoming open day at his Edenordinary Herd. Pictured, from left: Jane Hoare, fundraising manager, Cancer Fund for Children; Teresa Sloan, head of health fundraising, CCRCB; and Claire Hogarth, fundraising manager, Friends of the Cancer Centre. Picture: Devennie Photography

THREE local charities are set to benefit from the proceeds of Holstein NI’s 4th annual Open Day on Saturday, May 4.

Friends of the Cancer Centre, Cancer Fund for Children, and the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University Belfast, have been nominated by this year’s host farmers, the Mitchell family from the 200-cow Edenordinary Herd based at Banbridge, County Down.

The family open day, generously supported by Dale Farm, Fane Valley Feeds, Mason’s Animal Feeds and Volac, runs from 11am to 4pm and promises to be a fun-filled and informative day out for all ages.

Holstein NI chairman Charlie Weir said: ”The Edenordinary Holstein herd needs no introduction, and the forthcoming open day will provide dairy farmers and pedigree breeders with an opportunity to view the award-winning dairy herd.”

John Martin, secretary of Holstein NI, confirmed that more than 50 trade and craft stalls will be in attendance. “A wide range of agri businesses have pledged their support for the open day, and donations are flooding in for the charity auction.

“Younger visitors are in for treat with a variety of activities, including jumping clay crafts, bouncy castles and a quad train.

“Dale Farm will be offering everyone a chance to sample the various flavours of ice-cream produced under the popular Mullin’s brand.”

John Martin concluded: “Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a steak barbecue will be served from 4pm onwards.

“Proceeds from the event will be donated to the three nominated charities – all of which will be in attendance at the open day.”

Jane Hoare from the Cancer Fund for Children, Claire Hogarth from Friends of the Cancer Centre, and CCRCB’s Teresa Sloan said they were delighted to be associated with the open day, and urged visitors to come along and enjoy the charity event.

Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on a family. The charity provides practical and emotional support for young people (aged 0-24 years old) diagnosed with cancer, and young people who have a parent with cancer. A team of support specialists delivers individual and group support to young people impacted by cancer.

Cancer Fund for Children also provides therapeutic short breaks for families at its residential facility, Daisy Lodge in Newcastle.

Friends of the Cancer Centre, based at Belfast City Hospital, has been making a meaningful difference to cancer patients for over 30 years. The charity enhances the quality of patient comfort and clinical care and support by funding additional nurses, and providing complementary therapies and financial grants.

Research is vital in the fight against cancer, and Friends of the Cancer Centre provides funding for various research projects. The charity is a proud partner with the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB).

Based at Queen’s University, CCRCB has over 300 researchers from across the world who are focused on cancer research to improve patient outcomes. CCRCB provides a close, collaborative interaction between clinical and laboratory research experts and patients.

CCRCB has research groups specialised in prostate, bowel, pancreatic, lung, breast, ovarian and blood cancers. Currently CCRCB researchers are leading multiple academic studies within Belfast. They also lead on national multi-centre trials for as many as 800 patients.

The unique local synergies between CCRCB, the NI Cancer Trails Network and the NI Biobank, provides impactful clinical and translational research for the benefit of patients in Northern Ireland.

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