Belfast Telegraph

Insurance bosses raise £100K for Northern Ireland charity Cancer Fund for Children with help of pop star Billy Ocean

By Staff Reporter

An evening with pop music legend Billy Ocean raised more than £100,000 for Northern Ireland charity Cancer Fund for Children.

The event at the Culloden Hotel at Cultra in November was organised by Hughes Insurance founder Leslie Hughes and MIS Claims owner Alan Bailie.

Ticket sales and a live auction led to the charity receiving a donation of £105,000 for services for families in Northern Ireland affected by cancer.

Gillian Creevy, chief executive of Cancer Fund for Children, said: "We are absolutely thrilled and so grateful to receive this amazing donation from what was a memorable evening.

"Leslie and Alan have been longstanding supporters of the charity, and this donation proves their continuing commitment to supporting local families whose lives have been devastated by cancer.

"These funds will help us to provide vital services to the 350 local families we support on average every year.

"They will enable our team of dedicated specialists to help even more families cope with the impact cancer has on their lives."

Mr Bailie commented: "Leslie Hughes and myself are delighted to hand over this donation to Cancer Fund for Children.

"A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event, and helped to raise this amazing amount to support local families living with cancer."

The charity estimates that three children, teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer in Northern Ireland every week.

Belfast Telegraph