year's Hillsborough Oyster Festival was the most successful ever
and this week the committee handed over their largest ever
cheque - for £45,000 - to Action Cancer.
Shane Smith, last year's Chairman of the
festival said, "We are absolutely delighted the festival raised
so much for this local charity and we'd like to thank all the
visitors for their support."
The festival attracted more than 15,000
people and had six days packed full of events including the
infamous soap box derby, fashion show, 'Ready Steady Cook'
event, musical evening in Hillsborough Castle, lake boat race
and Gala Ball. Plans for this year's event a currently under way
with the oyster eating competition due to take place on
Saturday, September 6 2008.
The money will help to maintain Action
Cancer's services in cancer prevention, detection and support.
Dougie King, Head of Fundraising and
Communications at Action Cancer commented, "Each year Action
Cancer must raise a minimum of £3.6m to maintain our services so
the partnership with Hillsborough Oyster Festival is a unique
way to raise funds and promote our lifesaving services. We would
like to thank the committee, sponsors and all volunteers who
contributed to this fantastic fundraising total."
Norma Bell, chairperson of the Action Cancer
Lisburn Group said, "We are extremely grateful to the festival
committee for the support and look forward to working together
on a second festival later this year. "
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Hillsborough Oyster Festival Committee Members Derek
Patterson and Shane Smith present Action Cancer's Norma Bell MBE
and Head of Professional Services Geraldine Kerr with a cheque