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Una Crudden: Donations flood in for Hospice fund in memory of cancer campaigner

By Michelle Smyth

Charitable donations have flooded in following the death of ovarian cancer awareness campaigner Una Crudden.

The 60-year-old west Belfast woman passed away on December 4 after a five-year battle with the disease.

As well as raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer via the first solo campaign here dedicated to that cause, Una also managed to raise a great deal of money for charity, including over £50k for the NI Hospice. She had also asked that in lieu of flowers at her funeral this Monday, people make a donation to the charity.

Since her death the NI Hospice, which is fundraising for a new build on its Somerton Road site, said donations had leapt.

"Una tirelessly fundraised for us. Our new build was something she really cared about. The rise in donations is testament to her memory and how many lives she touched. I hope her loved ones get some encouragement from that," a spokesperson said.

One woman who donated £50 to the cause via Una's Just Giving page wrote: "Amazing woman who saved and saves lives."

Una worked with the Public Health Agency to deliver the awareness campaign, which included leaflets detailing the disease's symptoms.

Her eldest daughter Lisa said her mother would have loved the campaign to have been on television and radio.

The Public Health Agency said the awareness campaign will be an ongoing one and television and radio will be part of it.

CEO Dr Eddie Rooney added: "The leaflets and posters are part of a broader cancer awareness campaign due to be formally launched next year."

Another cause Una threw her weight behind was Cancer Focus NI's equal access to 40 life-prolonging cancer drugs campaign. The campaign led to a Stormont consultation and the review's outcome is expected by the end of this year.

The charity's CEO Roisin Foster said: "Una tirelessly used social media, particularly Twitter, to encourage as many people as she could to support our online petition, and helped us, with others, to achieve our target of 26,000 pledges."

Una's Requiem Mass will be held at the Church of the Nativity in Poleglass on Monday at noon.

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