£300,000 RAISED FOR LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH
by Mary Magee
NI Leukaemia Research Fund Lisburn Branch
committee members presenting a cheque for £20,000 to Professor
Terry Lappin. Group includes Mrs Gretta Clarke and Mrs Lovina
AN amazing £300,000 has been raised in the
past three decades by the Lisburn branch of Leukaemia Research
Fund who is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.
A cheque for £200,000 was handed over to
Professor Terry Lappin, a specialist in haematology, by the
local members at Lagan Valley Hospital on Monday night.
The group was formed in 1978 by the late Iris
McCall, whose young niece Gail suffered from the blood
condition. Then the group was made up of 11 members, five of
which are still serving members. As well as raising f300,000
they have also raised £4,000 for the Sir Malcolm Sargent House
appeal, and £2000 for Ian Bothams Hannibal Walk and equipment
for the Research Team at the City Hospital.
Mrs Irene Richer, former President, paid
tribute to all those who has helped the group in the past three
"We thank everyone who has supported or assisted
us in any way over the years," she said. "There have been many
highlights over 30 years and some very enjoyable times but
nothing compares to the fact that the little girl (Gail) who was
diagnosed in 1978 is now a wife and mother of three children.
This is what makes our fundraising efforts so important and
On Monday night, Prof Lappin spoke of the
cancer research and cell biology at the Belfast City Hospital
and the work which is carried out by a team of very enthusiastic
people whose mission it is to develop new avenues for the
prevention diagnoses and treatment of cancer.
The Northern Ireland Leukaemia Research was established in
1964. The Lisburn branch was established in 1978 and has
contributed enormously to the funding for research into
leukaemia in Queen's University, Belfast and at the University