Holstein NI raises a staggering £22,500 for cancer charities

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen's University in Belfast has received a cheque for �7,500 from Holstein NI. Pictured from left: Willie Annett; Charlie Weir, club chairman; George Mitchell; Teresa Sloan and Chris Scott, CCRCB. Picture: Julie Hazelton
The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen's University in Belfast has received a cheque for �7,500 from Holstein NI. Pictured from left: Willie Annett; Charlie Weir, club chairman; George Mitchell; Teresa Sloan and Chris Scott, CCRCB. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Holstein NI’s fourth annual open day has raised £22,500 for charity.

The money has been divided equally between three nominated beneficiaries – Friends of the Cancer Centre; Cancer Fund for Children; and CCRCB (Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University in Belfast).

Tanya Jackson and Jane Hoare, centre,  from the Cancer Fund for Children received a cheque for �7,500. Making the presentation are host farmers George and Valerie Mitchell, with friends Brian Cromie, Stuart Mitchell, Roger Porter, Glen Maine, and Alex Woods. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Tanya Jackson and Jane Hoare, centre, from the Cancer Fund for Children received a cheque for �7,500. Making the presentation are host farmers George and Valerie Mitchell, with friends Brian Cromie, Stuart Mitchell, Roger Porter, Glen Maine, and Alex Woods. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Supported by principal sponsors Dale Farm, Fane Valley, Mason’s Animal Feeds, and Volac, the open day was hosted by the Mitchell family from Banbridge – Hans, George, Valerie, Nicola, Alexander and Steven.

Holstein NI secretary and event organiser John Martin said: “I am pleased to confirm that this year’s open day raised £22,500 for our nominated charities. To date, four annual Holstein NI open days have raised a staggering £90,500 for various local charities.”

Club chairman Charlie Weir added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Mitchell family for hosting this year’s family open day, auction and barbecue.

“An immense amount of planning and hard work went on behind the scenes to make it all happen, and we are indebted to the Mitchells and their dedicated team of volunteers.

Claire Hogarth from Friends of the Cancer Centre recieved a cheque for �7,500.  Open day hosts George, Nicola, Alexander and Stephen Mitchell, are pictured with friends Helen Ervin and Tracey Weir; and Holstein NI committee member Jonny Matthews. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Claire Hogarth from Friends of the Cancer Centre recieved a cheque for �7,500. Open day hosts George, Nicola, Alexander and Stephen Mitchell, are pictured with friends Helen Ervin and Tracey Weir; and Holstein NI committee member Jonny Matthews. Picture: Julie Hazelton

“Thanks to our principal sponsors, and the numerous trade exhibitors and visitors who supported the event. We are also grateful to the various agricultural companies and local businesses who donated items for the charity auction.

“It gives me great pleasure to present cheques for £7,500 each to three very worthy cancer charities. This money will go towards further advancements in cancer research and pioneering treatments, as well specialist support for patients and their families, and enhanced patient comfort, therapies and clinical care.”

Jane Hoare from the Cancer Fund for Children, Claire Hogarth from Friends of the Cancer Centre and CCRCB’s Teresa Sloan, praised the success of the fun-filled event and thanked Holstein NI for its generous donations.

More than 1,200 visitors and 50 trade exhibitors attended the one-day event, held at the end of April.