KERRY Irvine’s 46th birthday promises to be one of the most memorable yet.
Not because the Omagh woman is expecting some lavish party or a mountain of cards, but because she has been receiving the best presents ever in the run-up to the day – donations to a charity that means the world to her.
Weeks ago, Kerry began her birthday fundraiser for ‘Pancreatic Cancer: NIPanC’ on Facebook and asked her large band of friends and loved ones if they would consider contributing as a way of celebrating with her.
Kerry’s target was set at a sturdy £150, but with 22 days to go until her birthday on February 1, her donation pot is currently sitting at more than double that amount and counting.
Needless to say, Kerry – who is dedicating her life to raising money and awareness for pancreatic cancer after losing her much-loved husband, Noel seven years ago to the illness – is simply overwhelmed.
“I have been blown away by the positive response of this fundraiser,” Kerry said. “It means so, so much to me, and it’s times like these that you remember just how much good there is in the world.
“I’ve spent years banging on about pancreatic cancer and awareness, and the people that supported me from the beginning are still supporting me now. Every donation is making a difference.”
Pancreatic Cancer Action: NIPanC works to increase public understanding of this cancer while supporting patients and their families, and funding vital research.