THE IRISHWOMAN who is determined to raise vital funds for a cancer charity while she battles the disease has handed over a £21,000 cheque to St Ann’s Hospice.
Manchester-based Betty Carry made a special trip to the hospice to present the staff with the whopping amount, which was raised in one night at an event held at St Kentigern’s Irish Club in Fallowfield last month.
Accompanied by her devoted husband Mick, Dublin-born Betty was delighted to be able to give the cash to the Chester-based hospice, which she has been visiting for more than a year after being diagnosed with stage four terminal lung cancer two years ago.
The mother-of-two, who moved to Manchester with her family at the age of seven, claims she has found “great comfort” at St Ann’s, which offers a range of complimentary therapies for cancer patients.
“It is a wonderful place that shines light into the darkest of days for all the patients who attend there,” husband Mick added.
The pair delivered the cheque to the charity last week, after taking a brief trip to Ireland to visit Betty’s relatives.
“We would really like to thank everyone who helped organise the event at St Kenitgern’s, especially Lucy Smith, Mary Griffin, Jenna Carry and Lisa Moran for all the time and effort they put in to make the night a success,” Mick told The Irish Post.
“Also a big thank you to Kevin and Tina for giving us the use of St Kentigern’s and supplying the entertainment and to everybody who turned up and contributed towards making the final amount.”
He added: “But I really want to say a special thank you to Betty, my wife, for initiating the idea.
“Her strength and determination to fight this disease astounds me and I feel proud and lucky to have her as my wife.”
The Carry’s £21,000 cheque is expected to make a huge difference to St Ann’s Hospice, which relies heavily on donations and grants to support its services.
“All the staff in St Ann’s are remarkable people and I thank them all for what they do for all their patients,” Mick added.
“We don’t know what the future holds for Betty but we are grateful for all the help we get from St Ann’s - may God bless them all.”