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Cancer campaigner Una Crudden in hospice plea

Terminally ill Una makes funds appeal for centre now caring for her

By Victoria O'Hara

Inspirational campaigner Una Crudden has appealed for the public to help raise vital funds for the Northern Ireland Hospice which is now caring for her.

Una, who is terminally ill with ovarian cancer, revealed two weeks ago that she had reached the palliative care stage.

And yesterday the 60-year-old mother-of-five said she had moved into the hospice for up to five days to give her respite and support.

In a short film posted on Twitter, the grandmother from west Belfast praised and thanked the hospice for providing her with a room.

She also made a plea for the public to support it.

Northern Ireland Hospice still needs to raise £2.5m to complete the rebuild of the adult hospice at Somerton Road. Una, who was the 2014 Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year, said: "I've been taken into the hospice today for control of my sickness for four or five days and I would just like to thank the hospice for making a bed available here for me and for looking after me so well,"

Una added: "And I would like to appeal to everyone Northern Ireland Hospice still needs £2.5m to finish their complete build for the new hospice.

"I'm appealing for Northern Ireland Hospice because the hospice is looking after people like me every day and without them we would be getting no respite at all.

"Please if you can give one or two pounds to My Just Giving page."

Una, who continues to lobby the authorities for more awareness over ovarian cancer, also urged people to continue campaigning.

"Keep on going spreading ovarian cancer awareness because I don't want anyone to end up like this unnecessarily if it can be prevented.

"The only way it will be prevented is to keep on with the awareness.

"Thank you to everyone so much. Please pray for me and my family."

The new hospice will provide 18 modern en-suite rooms, a physiotherapy and occupational therapy facility, a day hospice, an outpatient clinic, and an education and research centre which will support the advancement of hospice care.

To make a donation, visit buyabrick.org.uk or tel 028 9078 1836. Or donate at justgiving.com/UnaCruddenBelfast

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