Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Couple in pledge for charity research

A LONDONDERRY couple who helped raise £55,000 for Leukaemia research after their son died from the disease today vowed to continue fundraising for other families.

A LONDONDERRY couple who helped raise £55,000 for Leukaemia research after their son died from the disease today vowed to continue fundraising for other families.

Manus and Majella Martin raised the staggering sum in just one year since their ten-year-old son, Anthony, lost his battle angainst cancer.

The money raised has been passed to the Children's Cancer Unit at the Royal Hospital in Belfast where little Anthony Martin was treated.

But the family are now helping the local Foyle Branch of the Leukemia Research Fund Branch who, in just six months, have raised a five figure sum.

More than 3,000 people joined in a Hands across the Bridge event in April to raise the final £5,000 in memory of the Derry boy, who died a year earlier.

A further £10,500 was also raised for Macmillan Cancer Relief from the sales of the Show me Heaven CD sung by local singer Michelle McLaughlin.

Manus Martin said the bumper sum "is a huge testament to the kindness of both the people of Derry and indeed across the world who were touched by Anthony's passing".

He added: "We are very proud that so much money was raised in Anthony's memory and we have raised people's awareness of this cruel disease in our midst and wish to dedicate this effort to all the children and their families who have lost their battle with cancer and pray for those still fighting against this illness".

Manus said his family went through a lot of soul searching before deciding to continue fundraising.

"I recently attended a meeting where a man who had lost his daughter to Leukaemia in 1975 made a speech", he said.

"I thought to myself, if he's been raising money for research 27 years after his daughters death, the least we can do is to carry on now".

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