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Suzie Colledge on her work for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Suzie (25), from Belfast, is a community fundraising officer, helping cancer patients and their families.

She said: "I really count myself lucky that I truly love my work.

"I'm so proud of and passionate about Cancer Focus NI, and I feel privileged to work with people affected by cancer.

"I got into fundraising because it's varied, I meet new people, use my creativity and, most of all, it's a job with a purpose.

"Cancer is something that has touched so many families, including my own. My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011, which has motivated me even more to help others in the same situation.

"Our fundraising team is based in our main service centre at Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, so I meet patients every day.

"They and our wonderful fundraisers, who all work so hard, are really inspiring.

"I never switch off - I'm always getting new ideas for events when I'm socialising or even when I'm in the shower. It's become a huge and rewarding part of my life.

"Another bonus is organising fun events. See for yourself at our fab Speed Style event at the Apartment, Belfast, on June 18. It'll be a great night for girls of any age. Come along and get some one-on-one style advice from experts - and support our breast cancer awareness campaign."

For tickets call 02890680786 or simply email fundraising@cancerfocusni.org

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