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Lurgan teen raises cash for charity by asking her birthday party donations

Good cause: Georgia Lavery
Good cause: Georgia Lavery

By Staff Reporter

A teenager from Lurgan celebrated her 19th birthday by helping to raise more than £1,000 for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Georgia Lavery raised £1,060 for the charity which will turn 50 this year.

The charity has launched a new Cheers to 50 Years fundraising campaign to mark its big anniversary and is calling on everyone in the Lurgan area to ask for donations to support cancer research instead of gifts on their birthday. With the help of the local community, Cancer Focus NI aims to raise £100,000 for pioneering research into breast cancer at Queen's University Belfast.

Georgia, who has just finished her A-levels, decided that this year she would throw a birthday party and ask for donations for the charity.

She said: "I know quite a few people who have been affected by cancer and I know about the valuable work that Cancer Focus NI does supporting local cancer patients and their families. This is such a worthwhile cause and when I heard about the Cheers to 50 Years campaign I thought this was something that I could do to give something back. I hired out a room in a bar where I work and invited friends, family and work colleagues. I advertised a bit so other people who knew me also came along.

"I'd like to thank everyone who helped in any way. I was thrilled by everyone's generosity."

  • If you'd like to hold a party for Cancer Focus NI, you can get a free birthday party pack by visiting

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