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Omagh man raises thousands in latest fundraising drive for cancer charity

Johnny McLaughlin hands over a cheque for over £5,000 to Ivan Gilmore, vice chair of Care for Cancer.

ONCE again, Johnny McLaughlin MBE has put on his valiant fundraising hat and has helped raise thousands for Care For Cancer this year.

Through organising and hosting a wealth of fundraising activities over the last number of months, the Omagh man – born and bred – handed over the impressive amount of £5,185 to the cancer charity this week.

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“I couldn’t have done this without everybody’s help and people donating towards the cause,” Johnny, who has been on Care For Cancer’s committee for the last two years, told the UH.

“I’ve been fundraising for Care For Cancer for years now.

“It’s a very worthwhile charity – not only in terms of the work that they do but also because of the sheer dedication of the volunteers.

“They are always there to help everyone in need, because cancer knows no age.

“Whether it be helping a person suffering from cancer, or people who are caring for members of their families who have cancer, the door is always open.

“The charity means a lot to local people,” the former councillor added.

In August, Johnny hosted a dance and raffle at the British Legion, Fintona – which he is a member of – and £1,000 was raised.

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The 72-year-old also set up a donation box at his workplace – Johnny McLaughlin & Co Consultants & Advice Agency – and a total of £3,655 was raised by himself and members of the public.

And his total was given a great boost by local woman, Doreen Irwin who personally collected £530 and donated it to his cause.

Johnny has expressed his thanks to the management of the British Legion, Fintona, Omagh for allowing the use of their premises to hold the annual dinner dance, and the staff which helped on the night, in particularly to Irene Kyle and Irlene McClintock.

    

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