Action Cancer to host Mother's Day walk in Lurgan

Action Cancer to host Mother's Day walk in Lurgan

Jo-Anne Smith is supporting the event after the care her mother received.

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Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity, Action Cancer is delighted to launch a brand-new fundraising event in Lurgan. The Lurgan Mother’s Day Walk will take place at 10am on Saturday 26th March in the beautiful surrounds of Lurgan Park taking in one full route.

This 3K walk, proudly supported by ABC Council and Country Kitchen, is open to anyone who would like to get together with family members ahead of Mothering Sunday. It is also an opportunity for those families to come together in a tranquil, peaceful environment and walk in memory of the mums who are no longer here to walk with them.

Supporting the event is local woman, Jo-Anne Smith. “As a family we are in regular contact but we do all have our individual priorities and sometimes getting together for something as basic as walk, isn’t always easy to co-ordinate. After the last two years of restrictions and uncertainties the idea of having a dedicated time to take a gentle stroll with my mum, her children and grandchildren for Mother’s Day is particularly special. It is the perfect way for us, as a family, to get out and into the fresh air together, away from responsibilities and away from mobile phones. Not only that, this event will help to raise vital funds of Action Cancer and we know how import that is. It is almost 24 years ago since my mum had her first mastectomy and I cannot begin to tell you how important the moments we can spend together are. We do not take for granted the precious moments we can share and the future memories that we continue to create”.

The walk, which is organised by the Lurgan Action Cancer Community Group, was originally planned for 2020 but had to be postponed due to lockdown restrictions.

Mark Irwin-Watson, Action Cancer’s Community Fundraising Executive said; “Mother’s Day will mark the 4th anniversary of my own mums passing and therefore is a particularly poignant time of the year for me. For people in a similar situation Mother’s Day can be a time of dread and sadness but personally I want it to be a time for remembrance, for celebrating the extraordinary person my mum was. It was for this reason that I suggested to the Lurgan Action Cancer Community Group the idea organising a Mother’s Day Walk, to encourage families take a walk together and celebrate all those mums, present and past”.

Action Cancer is asking Mother’s Day Walk participants to raises sponsorship to help fund the charity's range of cancer prevention, detection and support services. Alternatively, if anyone would like to host a fundraising event ahead of the walk Action Cancer will provide support and guidance to do so. All monies raised will go towards helping Action Cancer continue to offer its many services some of which take place locally through visits from Big Bus visits to Lurgan and the surrounding area and the complementary therapy services for children and adults affected by cancer that take place in Zion House in the town.

Registration is now open at a cost of £10 per adult (children under 16 are free) HERE. The first 80 people to register will enjoy complimentary refreshments at Brownlow House after the walk – these places are strictly limited. All registered participants will receive an information pack, sponsor form and fundraising materials. To register please contact Action Cancer at mirwin-watson@actioncancer.org or call Mark Irwin-Watson on 028 9080 3344.

Action Cancer provides a range of local cancer detection, prevention and support services which costs £4m annually to fund. Action Cancer’s unique breast screening service is available to women aged 40 – 49 and over 70 who fall outside the NHS screening range (50-70). Action Cancer also provides therapeutic support in the form of counselling and complementary therapy to those living with cancer or supporting a loved one with their diagnosis and this is available to both adults and children from age 5.

A peer mentoring service is also available for people dealing with their diagnosis. Other therapeutic support services include acupuncture, scar therapy, physiotherapy, yoga and pilates, one-to-one and group life coaching and educational events. In addition, the charity has an excellent Health Promotion programme providing education and awareness on how to minimise the risk of cancer through practical health and lifestyle choices and M.O.T. health checks. These services are available from Action Cancer House in Belfast and regionally in selected venues across the country. Breast screening and health checks are available regionally on the Action Cancer Big Bus, supported by Supervalu and Centra.

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