by JENNY MONROE
The Moira card
Sarah Price of McCartney's Butchers, Mark Megarrythe Borrow fruit and Veg shop, Christina Brown Artist, Macmillan Cancer Care Fundraising Manager Julie Campbell, George McCartney and Judith Millar of McCartney's Butchers launching the Christmas card designed by Christina in aid of Macmillan. US4410 103A0
A LOCAL artist has designed Christmas cards showing the village of Moira to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care as a tribute to lost friends and family.
Busy mum of four Christina Brown decided to produce the cards in memory of loved ones who had sadly lost their lives to cancer. The cards will be on sale in various shops in Moira.
Christina explained: "Macmillan arranged hospice care for my mother when she was terminally ill with breast cancer. My husband's best man Oliver Turkington was given pain relief by Macmillan and a close friend and neighbour George Green received help from them with his financial affairs."
She continued: "I told George McCartney of McCartney's butchers about my
idea and he
was more than willing to help me.
"Then, with the help of Macmillan Cancer, I was able to produce the cards- So far I've 2000 being printed but they seem to be very popular and I might print some more."
Christina continued: On the card I have tried to capture the friendliness of Moira, with and its great local shops all of which need support at the present time.
"The suggested donation for the cards is £4.95 for a pack of eight. All of the proceeds are being donated to Macmillan as Nigel Brown, my husband, has sponsored the production costs."
"The cards are available from the following shops in Moira who have all agreed to support this fund raising effort without taking any mark up themselves: McCartney's, The Barrow, Blackstone Physiotherapy, Escapades, Geddis and McKee Hardware Suppliers, Gazelle Gift Shop, The Willow Card Shop, Ian Moore's Veterinary Surgery and Hardy Hill Garden Centre on the Ballynock Road Hillsborough.
"Cancer is a devastating disease and in my experience Macmillan Cancer Support provide a range of invaluable assistance when patients and their families need it most."
You can call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 Monday-Friday 9am-8pm or visit www.macmillan.org.uk