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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Win a heifer in aid of cancer support charity

Cancer Focus NI has joined forces with The Belted Galloway Club of Ireland for a once-off competition to win a one-year-old pedigree dun and white heifer, said to be worth up to £2,000.

The animal has been sourced from an established, well-known Belted Galloway herd in Antrim.

The competition is open to the UK and Ireland for parties aged 16 and over.

Export to GB and Southern Ireland will be subject to relevant requirements and testing and cannot be guaranteed, according to organisers.

Tickets are priced at £15 for one, £25 for two or £50 for five, with all proceeds going to Cancer Focus NI, to help cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland.

The draw will take place at the Belted Galloway Club of Ireland farm walk at Dessy Henry’s Gruige herd in Co. Antrim on Saturday, September 30th, 2023.

About the charity:

Cancer now impacts one in two people and over 12,000 cancer diagnoses are made in Northern Ireland every year.

Cancer Focus NI has unveiled its new five-year strategy containing plans to open five regional support centres across Northern Ireland by 2027.

It aims to create local spaces of sanctuary and support for people impacted by cancer across the region and change how cancer care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

The first of the new centres will be developed in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh and was made possible through part funding provided by a Department of Health Cancer Charities Support Fund grant.

This provided over £418,000 towards this innovative project. In total, a £3m investment will be made in the centre over the next decade.

Part of the proposals announced under the new Cancer Focus NI strategy include the planned sale of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland’s current headquarters on Belfast’s Eglantine Avenue to help fund these ambitious plans.

New strategy

Other key aspects of the new strategy include:

  • Increase public awareness of how to reduce the risk of cancer and promote healthier living;
  • Funding research on primary cancers of unmet need;
  • Supporting research into the personal and social outcomes of local people affected by and experiencing cancer; and
  • Creation of multi-purpose retail outlets to complement the cancer support centres.

A network of bespoke, regional cancer support centres is proposed for development across Northern Ireland.

This will allow flexibility in how people engage with cancer specialists or avail of individual or group therapeutic support.

With an aim to bring cancer care into communities and onto the high streets, the centres will be designed to ensure that visitors experience a sense of being away from the clinical environment of a hospital.

Local support centres will also offer space and opportunity for relaxation, reflection and solace as well as providing vital emotional and practical support services along with access to information and advice relevant to the needs of each person and their family.

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