A cancer diagnosis for his little grandson three years ago gave Dundonald man, John Stewart a desire to give something back.
“Our life changed forever when Todd was diagnosed with having a brain tumour. As a family we decided it was time to get out there and do something to help other children and families in the same boat,” John said.
“NI Cancer Fund for Children has provided invaluable support to us over the years. The Shimna Valley respite centre in Newcastle has been somewhere for Todd to go after treatment to relax and integrate with other children going through the same thing. It also gave his parents a chance to grab some respite time,” he added.
John revealed Shimna Valley is a cause his family have “taken into their hearts” and he cannot wait to see the new state of the art complex when it’s completed.
“Plans to redevelop the existing Shimna Valley have given me and other NICFC volunteers a new goal to fundraise for. Recently we have been taking part in supermarket bag packs and car boot sales to raise money. I have also been putting together some hanging baskets which the local Mace stocks. It’s amazing how generous people are when they learn about the work the charity carries out, “he said.
John, who is retired, said volunteering is not only a great way to help out a great cause; it’s also a fantastic way to meet new people and learn new skills. I would recommend volunteering to anyone, don’t be shy just come along and try it out – I promise you will be hooked in no time,” John concluded.
NI Cancer Fund for children is always appealing for volunteers to help out in a wide range of areas. So whatever you like to do, that charity needs you! To find out how you can make a huge difference, even if it is just for a few hours a month, contact Natasha Walsh on 028 90 805 599.