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The difference your support for Cancer Focus NI has made to families like the Telfords

The spread of coronavirus has forced NI charity Cancer Focus to close its shops and cancel fundraising events. As its income plummets, Marie Foy finds out how its work has changed lives

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Good memories: Emma Telford (far right) with her father David and sister Evie

Good memories: Emma Telford (far right) with her father David and sister Evie

A family picture of Emma and Evie with their late mum Lorna

A family picture of Emma and Evie with their late mum Lorna

Roisin Foster, chief executive of Cancer Focus NI

Roisin Foster, chief executive of Cancer Focus NI

Sticking together Helen Todd with her husband David and their son Josh

Sticking together Helen Todd with her husband David and their son Josh

Good memories: Emma Telford (far right) with her father David and sister Evie

Hard-hit cancer charity Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is calling on the public to make a donation today to its emergency appeal to save its lifeline services for local people affected by cancer - both now and in the future. The charity's income has plummeted to critical levels and it is desperately worried that it will not survive the coronavirus crisis.

Each year, Cancer Focus NI supports 6,000 cancer patients, their families and carers across Northern Ireland. The local charity is 90% dependent on fundraising but has had to cancel all its fundraising events and close its charity shops. As a result, it's facing an 80% loss of income over the next six months. It desperately wants to keep its doors open in the future so that it can continue with vital work in the community.

Roisin Foster, chief executive of Cancer Focus NI, said: "Our hearts go out to people who are trying to cope with the anxiety of coronavirus on top of dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the impact of treatment.