Belfast Telegraph

Noleen Adair funeral: mourners wear pink for funeral of breast cancer stalwart

By Amanda Ferguson

It was a pink-themed celebration of her life that she would have wholeheartedly endorsed. The moving funeral service of charismatic breast cancer campaigner Noleen Adair has taken place in Carryduff.

Mourners at yesterday's funeral were encouraged to "wear a smile" in memory of the 35-year-old founder of the Pretty 'n' Pink charity, who died last week following a long battle with the cruel disease.

An inspirational mentor and friend to many, Noleen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of just 22 and until her untimely death on June 26 had worked tirelessly to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to support other women experiencing ill health.

She is survived by her husband Gavin and wider family circle.

At Noleen's family's request many of the hundreds of mourners to attend yesterday's requiem mass at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Carryduff wore pink and bright colours. Among them was her young niece Lily Rooney.

After the mass, at which Father Brian Watters officiated, burial followed at Milltown Cemetery.

Despite being seriously ill for a decade, Noleen had worked non-stop to make the Pretty 'n' Pink charity a significant source of support for breast cancer sufferers here.

The charity aims to create awareness of breast cancer, especially in young women, improve quality of life for patients and their families and provide much-needed funds for patients who do not meet the criteria for any other public or charitable funding.

Countless tributes have been paid to Noleen in the days since she died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family.

On Sunday hundreds of pink balloons were released into the night sky at locations across Northern Ireland in memory of the remarkable campaigner who touched the lives of all those she met.

Noleen's husband Gavin said: "Noleen's memory and legacy will live on through the continued invaluable work carried out by her charity Pretty 'n' Pink and its support for local women on their own cancer journeys."

Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Noleen can do so by visiting the website

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