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Hair today, bald tomorrow as Cameron helps NICFC

by Fiona Rutherford

A young Dundonald man has had his head shaved to raise funds for the charity which supported the family when his young brother was being treated for cancer.

With the help of his family, friends, and the support of |the local community Cameron gathered a hair-raising £1,865 for the NICFC, who provide practical, social and emotional support for children diagnosed with cancer, through a range of financial, practical, social and emotional services.

The Vance family's motivation to raise money was a result of their own experience with childhood cancer as their son, Todd, was diagnosed with cancer in February 2010.

The Vance family were compelled to give something back to the charity following the support they received through a stay at Shimna Valley House, the charity's respite facility and the support Cameron has received through the NICFC's specialised youth programme.

The NICFC's Youth Programme is just one of 11 services the NICFC provide to families across NI.

The Youth Programme works with children and young people from eight years up to the age of 24, who have been diagnosed with cancer and their siblings. Children and young people benefit from one to one youth support as well as on a group basis with a qualified youth worker.

The charity offers weekend residentials to groups of young people at its purpose built log cabin, Narnia, in Newcastle.

Dawn Weir, community fundraiser with the charity, said: “We simply could not deliver this extensive range of services without the support of people in the local community who organise events on our behalf and those who wholeheartedly get behind them to raise funds.

“We would like to thank the Vance family for their wonderful fundraising support, especially Cameron who sacrificed all his lovely hair, all for NICFC.”

The Vance family would like to thank all their family and friends for kindly supporting their fundraising efforts, as well as Grosvenor Grammar and Brooklands Primary for their kind donations and support.

If you would like to support the Vance family with their fundraising, their next event will see Glentoran legend Chris Walker take part in his own sponsored head shave, to sponsor Chris, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Walker4.

If you would like to more information about the NICFC or would like to hold a fundraising event, please contact Dawn on 9080 5599 or email dawn@nicfc.com

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