Jalex Fest raises staggering £30,000 for cancer charity

James and Ruth Alexander are pictured with their children Jaxson, Mya, Isla and Alicia as they present Marie Curie with a staggering �30,000 raised the their Jalex Fest barbecue and barn dance.
James and Ruth Alexander are pictured with their children Jaxson, Mya, Isla and Alicia as they present Marie Curie with a staggering �30,000 raised the their Jalex Fest barbecue and barn dance.

Marie Curie Cancer Care are delighted to have been presented a cheque to the tune of a whopping £30,000 thanks to the Alexander Family Randalstown,

Nelson Alexander and his family, who are well known farmers in the area as well as running the Alexander Tractor business, decided to host a fund raising event last summer in the form of Jalex Fest.

They received considerable support from local businesses who kindly donated items for a charity auction that was conducted on the evening by Richard Beattie.

The event which took the format of a barn dance/barbecue attracted crowds from near and far, with over 1,000 people attending on the night.

Local musician Johnny Brady ensured that the dance floor was filled from start to finish.

Nelson and his son James were overwhelmed with the generosity so many businesses and individuals who were keen to help or make donations.

James added: “We would like to record our sincere thanks to each and every person who helped in any way to ensure that Jalex Fest was such a tremendous success.”

Marie Curie in Northern Ireland is heavily reliant on fund raising to ensure that it can continue its invaluable work throughout the community, whether this is caring for terminally ill patients in their home or at their hospice.

Anne McRoberts, area fundraising manager for Marie Curie, explained more: “We need to raise around £3.5 million each year in Northern Ireland, which is a huge amount of money to source. We continue to be overwhelmed by efforts such as this made by the Alexander family, and wish to express our thanks for their support.”

To find out more about Marie Curie log on to www.mariecurie.org.uk.