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Sisters raise £20,000 for blood cancer charity

Anita Ross was successfully treated for Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Anita and Donna Ross have raised £20,000 in just 12 hours (Family handout/PA)

Anita and Donna Ross have raised £20,000 in just 12 hours (Family handout/PA)

Anita and Donna Ross have raised £20,000 in just 12 hours (Family handout/PA)

Two Northern Ireland sisters have raised £20,000 in just 12 hours for a blood cancer charity.

Anita and Donna Ross raised the money after Anita was successfully treated for Hodgkin lymphoma.

They shared her journey on the social media platform of their fashion business My Sister’s Closet, including a powerful photograph showing the toll that 12 sessions of chemotherapy had taken on her.

Ms Ross was first diagnosed in September 2019 and is now celebrating being cancer free.

The sisters, who are originally from Donaghmore in Co Tyrone but are now based in Belfast, then set about raising money for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI, and raised some £20,000 in just 12 hours.

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Now they are giving away a Chanel handbag to say thank you for the support, with proceeds again going to charity.

Anita Ross said: “It was a complete shock when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, but thankfully it was caught early and after 12 sessions of chemotherapy, I am now living cancer free,” she said

“The online community Donna and I have built up over the years was amazing in supporting me through this difficult time.

“We share our day-to-day life with our followers, and I felt it was important to share my cancer journey, the highs and the lows, in the hope that I might be able to help other people in theirs, and also raise awareness of Hodgkin lymphoma at the same time.”

She said fashion has always been a huge part of her life and helped her through her illness by giving her something to focus on while she faced her treatments.

“We wanted to thank our loyal followers for the support we have both received over the last six months and give something back,” she said.

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Anita Ross is giving away a Chanel handbag (Matt Mackey/PA)

Anita Ross is giving away a Chanel handbag (Matt Mackey/PA)

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Anita Ross is giving away a Chanel handbag (Matt Mackey/PA)

“We were able to track down the stunning sold-out Chanel Trendy CC handbag, which Donna and I purchased together using our own money.

“We are delighted to give people the chance to win this beautiful bag and to enter we are simply asking for a minimum donation of £5 with all proceeds going to Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI, a fantastic local charity dedicated to fighting blood cancers.

“At the beginning of my journey, I set up a Just Giving page which has raised over £12k since September.

“We launched the competition on Sunday at 3pm and we’ve been blown away with the response.

“In the first 12 hours, over £20,000 in donations were made which is just amazing and we are hoping to raise as much money as we can for this fantastic local charity.”

More details about the draw can be found on My Sister’s Closet blog on Instagram and Facebook.

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