A family from Randalstown has raised a phenomenal £18,000 for local charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre, with a charity barbecue and barn dance.
The fun filled night, which was held at the end of September, was organised by the Millar family and friends as a way to raise vital funds for one of Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charities, Friends of the Cancer Centre.
Family, friends, neighbours and those from the local community came together at Colin Millar’s joinery workshop (Millar Woodcraft) for sizzling steak served straight from the barbecue, before dancing the night away to live music by local DJ Whyte Knights and band The Broadcast.
There was also a raffle and a big ticket auction which saw signed football and rugby shirts among other fantastic items going for big money.
Organiser Lynda Millar, said: “Like most people, I’ve had a number of people close to me who have been affected by cancer and I wanted to do something to support Friends of the Cancer Centre as it’s a charity that does so much to support patients and families.
“We hold a barbecue and barn dance every other year at the workshop premises and it’s become a great event that people in the local community really get behind.
“We also receive great support from local businesses, including our principle sponsor this year local renewable energy firm Simple Power.
“I’m delighted that so many people came along on the night, had great food, great fun and helped us raise a phenomenal amount of money for a very worthy cause.”
Friends of the Cancer Centre is based at the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital and relies entirely on donations.
All money raised goes towards providing and funding key services and vital projects that have a real and lasting impact on patients and their families.
Claire Hogarth, Events & Community Fundraising Manager for Friends of the Cancer Centre, said: “Lynda and the team in Antrim are fantastic supporters and they’ve done exceptionally well in raising so much money for Friends of the Cancer Centre.
“I’d like to thank them all, as well as everyone who came along on the night for the BBQ and barn dance, for their support and the money raised will make a big difference to the lives of patients and their families right across Northern Ireland.”
Colin and Lynda Millar would like to thank all those who supported the event, including Simple Power and all the businesses who gave very generous donations and provided raffle and auction items on the night.