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Profligate Action Cancer in danger of losing the support of public if it buys former IFA building

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Published 14/07/2016

I have been an Action Cancer volunteer for many years; however, for some time I have been concerned that the charity had become too top-heavy and more interested in staff pay and conditions than its core function.

Final confirmation was a letter from the chairman, telling us that, as a result of an endowment windfall of £2m, they were buying the former headquarters of the IFA. It was a "snip" at £1m and only required another £1m to fit out and extend. He waxed lyrical about the mansion and enclosed a photo of the magnificent staircase. He also wrote that the move will place the charity closer to the City Hospital and the Cancer Centre.

I firmly believe that this expenditure is totally unnecessary and a waste of the £2m legacy. Action Cancer does not need to be near the City Hospital; it could well be sited in any of the business parks in the greater Belfast area.

There are numerous suitable buildings lying empty in such parks, which would be just as suitable as the new Malone Road property.

There is also the former military hospital which lies empty within the grounds of Musgrave Park Hospital, which would be an excellent site - not only for Action Cancer, but for some of the other cancer charities as well.

The Action Cancer board of management should now reconsider this decision before they totally lose the goodwill of those who have steadfastly supported it over many years.

CANCER SUFFERER

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