Action Cancer Musical Evening at Stormont
Stephen McLoughlin (seated at his grand piano) and L to R: Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA, Norma Bell MBE (Chairperson of the Lisburn Action Cancer Group), Bronagh Mullan and Jackie Flavelle.
The Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA, Member of Parliament for
Lagan Valley, hosted a most entertaining Musical Evening on
behalf of Action Cancer in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings
on Friday 9th May. on Cancer Group to acknowledge and thank so many
people in theThe unique occasion allowed members of
Lisburn Acti community who have helped the group raise £0.5m
since its formation nine years ago.
In welcoming his many guests, Mr Donaldson spoke of the recent
visit to Northern Ireland by the Prime Minister and leading
industrialists explaining that it is our people that make
Northern Ireland a great place to invest. He went on to say that
Action Cancer is about people and concluded by commending Mrs
Bell MBE (Chairperson), for her leadership of the Lisburn group
which is doing something tangible in changing people’s lives.
During the evening Mr Donaldson and Mrs Bell made presentations
to representatives from local business, schools, churches and
organisations that helped them achieve such a large amount of
money for such a worthy cause; and Helen Miller and Louise
Carroll of the House of Vic-Ryn, Lisburn, presented a cheque to
Lisburn Action Cancer Group for £8,000.
Compered by Wilfie Pyper, the programme featured: Killowen
Primary School (Conducted by Wesley Wright and accompanied by
Elaine Glendining); Wallace High School Choir - Capella
(Conductor David Falconer); St Patrick’s Choir (Conductor Louis
McVeigh); Trinity Methodist Praise Group (accompanied by Alan
McAuley); Lynne McAllister (accompanied by Christine Cairns);
Bronagh Mullan (Accompanied by Stephen McLoughlin - Piano and
Jackie Flavelle - Bass); Joanna Hyndman (accompanied by Shannon
Rainey); John Wilson (Piano); and Brendan Monaghan (Uilleann
pipes) accompanied by Mark Wilson (Drums and bodhran).
Field Marshal Montgomery and RUC Pipe Band drummer Mark Wilson,
who accompanied Uilleann pipe player Brendan Monaghan, is a
winner of six world championship titles. A recovering cancer
sufferer, his Leukaemia was diagnosed in February 2005 and has
had three cancers in the last three years, which required bone
morrow transplant. Mark does not let cancer stop him from
playing at world-class level in bands and orchestras and both he
and Brendan have recently completed an Irish and American tour
with Phil Coulter and his orchestra.
Norma Bell concluded the evening by expressing her sincere
thanks to all who supported the Lisburn Action Cancer Group over
the years. She also thanked the many talented artists who
performed at the concert and all who gave of their time and
helped in any way to make a most enjoyable evening.
David Hassard of Ravenblack Developments sponsored the event and
Stephen McLoughlin (Music Matters) supplied the grand piano.