Loyal Order raises £95k for cancer charity
The Royal Black Institution has raised £95,000 for a leading cancer charity.
The Loyal Order chose Macmillan Cancer Support as its designated charity last year, with the funds going towards an aftercare scheme for prostate cancer patients.
Members of the institution have a distinguished record for charitable outreach, raising nearly £700,000 for various good causes on a biennial basis since 2002.
The latest amount was presented to Macmillan representatives in the Royal Black headquarters in Brownlow House, Lurgan.
Sovereign Grand Master Millar Farr praised the "magnificent" fundraising of members, saying: "Cancer is an insidious disease which unfortunately knows no boundaries. Macmillan does invaluable work in our community, offering specialised assistance and support to patients and their families, often at the most difficult and challenging of times.
"As a Christian organisation with a track record of raising money for charity, our members and supporters have once again demonstrated great compassion and kindness.
"Such selflessness is even more notable and worthy of praise during a time of economic austerity."
Stefani Mearns, fundraising manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: "The £95,000 will make a vital difference to our work, enabling us to build the sustainability and extend the legacy of our prostate cancer services and provide invaluable support for men living with prostate cancer across Northern Ireland."