“Absolutely incredible” was how the Northern Ireland fund-raising manager for Friends of the Cancer Centre in Belfast, Claire Hogarth, described the latest donation to the charity from Dervock man, Robert Stewart.
In the past three years Robert has largely been responsible for sending almost £15,000 to the Centre for use in the fight against Cancer and his latest donation came at a function in the Royal British Legion, Ballymoney, when Claire accepted a cheque for £3920.
The money was raised from a disco/karaoke night, raffle and auction on April 29 at the RBL with one punter paying £770 for a shirt worn by Ulster Rugby player Stephen Ferris.
Claire Hogarth was full of praise on Robert and his wife, Margaret, along with family members and friends who had rallied to support the event.
She said: “This is absolutely incredible, absolutely amazing. The support we have got from the Stewart family and friends is brilliant.
“They have been great to work with and we really appreciate their efforts.”
The £15,000 has been raised during a three year period and is a testament to the popularity of Robert who is battling Cancer and who doesn’t allow the illness to get in the way of leading a fulfilling life.
He is passionate about helping Friends of the Cancer Centre and hopes to continue doing so in the future.
He has nothing but praise for all the friends and family who have rallied to his cause and wants to thank sponsors and the 120 plus people who filled the RBL clubrooms for the event.
“This was a team effort and my thanks to all. We had a great night and everyone gave very generously,” he added.