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Charity Ride A Huge Success


Over 300 cyclists put their wheels in motion on Saturday 24th February in aid of a local children’s cancer charity.

The third annual Club Charity Ride,has raised over £4,000 for Cancer Fund for Children to date.

The Club were delighted that young Cian McGrath, who has benefitted from the support of the charity in the past, led the cyclists out as they set off on a 50km route through the roads of Finaghy, Lisburn and Moira, before arriving back at the Devenish Complex, Belfast.

Representing the charity on the day was Eddie Marcus, Chairman of Cancer Fund for Children’s South Belfast Support Group. He said:

“We are absolutely delighted that VC Glendale chose to support Cancer Fund for Children once again with their third annual charity ride. It was amazing to see so many people from cycling clubs across Belfast on their bikes supporting local children with cancer, and their families.

“Thanks to their outstanding generosity and support, this takes the total raised for the charity in three years to over £13,000. This will make such a huge difference to these local families, enabling Cancer Fund for Children to provide a range of practical, emotional and financial support, as well as free therapeutic short breaks, so they don’t have to face cancer alone.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to everyone involved in making the event such a success, especially VC Glendale’s organising committee Colm Watson, Toby Watson, Frank Campbell, Jim Watson, Ciara Doherty, and all their Members. Massive thanks also to the Devenish Complex, the PSNI for keeping cyclists safe on the road, as well as Eamon Burns for doing back up car and his son Eamon junior who was outrider. Congratulations on a fantastic event all. ”

As the leading children’s cancer charity in Northern Ireland, Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family. The charity’s team of Specialists work in the community, hospital and in the family home providing practical, financial and emotional support to over 350 families and over 800 children every year.

Cancer Fund for Children also offers free therapeutic short breaks at Daisy Lodge their purpose-built therapeutic centre in Newcastle Co. Down, giving families affected by cancer a space where they can relax and spend precious time together far removed from the busy round of medical appointments, hospital wards and invasive treatments.

To find out more about how you can support the charity’s work, call 028 9080 5599 or go to

Video of the event can be viewed HERE