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The biggest ever Oyster Festival boosts Action Cancer

Hillsborough Oyster Festival Committee Members Derek Patterson and Shane Smith present Action Cancer's Norma Bell MBE and Head of Prefessional Services Geraldine Kerr with a cheque for 45,000.LAST 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. "

For more information about the Hillsborough Oyster Festival visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com

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 for 45,000.

Ulster Star
21/03/2008