Friends of the Cancer Centre Charity Cycle

20th JUNE 2016


Feneco Systems in Coleraine are getting behind local charity Friends of the Cancer Centre by sponsoring the charity’s 427 mile Mizen to Malin Cycle this September.

Friends of the Cancer Centre’s Mizen to Malin Challenge will see 17 cyclists pedal their way from Ireland’s most southerly point, Mizen Head in Cork, to Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head in Donegal. The group, which includes doctors and staff from the Cancer Centre in Belfast, seasoned cyclists and some beginners, will set off on their 427 mile challenge on Friday, 2nd September in Cork finishing 6 days later in Donegal. During their expedition they will take in the beautiful surroundings of Ireland’s west coast as they aim to raise vital funds to support Friends of the Cancer Centre’s work.

Commenting on what inspired the company to sponsor the event, Paul Getty from Feneco Systems said:

“We are delighted to be able to support Friends of the Cancer Centre’s Mizen to Malin Cycle and all the cyclists who will be in the saddle for this great event. We work closely with one of the cyclists taking part, Jason Johnston and when he told us about the challenge we really wanted to get involved to show our support as a company.

“So many families across Northern Ireland are affected by cancer and Friends of the Cancer Centre is there to ensure that they get the support they need through the work that they do. To be able to support that work and the thousands of people who benefit from it through the cycle is great. We wish the team the very best for the challenge in September and the Feneco team will be behind them cheering them on.”

Friends of the Cancer Centre, based at the heart of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, is one of the leading cancer charities in Northern Ireland working to support cancer patients, their families and carers through key projects in the areas of clinical care, patient comforts, and research. Friends of the Cancer Centre is currently funding 31 additional staff in the Cancer Centre, including doctors, nurses and researchers and the charity is committed to raising at least £5 million over the next three years to fund on-going and new projects which will continue to support local cancer patients.

Claire Hogarth, fundraising manager at Friends of the Cancer Centre, said:

“On behalf of Friends of the Cancer Centre and all the cyclists taking part in the challenge, I would like to say a sincere thank you to Feneco Systems for their support. The team are hard in training at the moment and getting set for what will be a difficult, but very rewarding challenge. Every penny raised from the Mizen to Malin Cycle will support our life-saving and life-changing work which directly benefits thousands of patient’s across Northern Ireland.”

If you would like to support the cyclists as they pedal their way across Ireland, visit


For further information, please contact Nuala Bannon, communications manager at Friends of the Cancer Centre or 082 9069 9393

Notes to the editor

PHOTO_Friends of the Cancer Centre_Feneco Systems (3)
From L-R Claire Hogarth, Jill Taggart, Colin Cairns, Jason Johnston, Lee O’Connor and Paul Getty

• Friends of the Cancer Centre is the leading local cancer charity in Northern Ireland
• The charity relies entirely on donations and the generosity of people across Northern Ireland
• Every year, Friends of the Cancer Centre uses the funds raised by its supporters to provide key services and fund vital projects that have a real and lasting impact.
• The work of Friends of the Cancer Centre focuses on three key areas:
 Clinical care: Friends of the Cancer Centre funds key staff within the Cancer Centre, including doctors and specialist cancer nurses. The charity also supports the work of staff on the ground through the on-going funding of vital medical equipment, ensuring that doctors and nurses have the equipment they need to diagnose and treat patients.
 Patient comfort and care: Friends of the Cancer Centre provides small, everyday comforts throughout the Cancer Centre, including newspapers, magazines, tea and coffee in patient day rooms and waiting areas; complementary therapy and relaxation classes for patients and carers; small grants which can provide a lifeline at an already stressful time as well as refurbishing patient day rooms which can provide a patient with space away from their hospital bed to spend time with family and friends.
 Research: Friends of the Cancer Centre is playing a major part in the fight against cancer and last year alone we invested over £1 million in research through the various projects that we fund. The charity is a partner with In Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen’s University, the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network and the Northern Ireland BioBank. We also fund doctors who are heavily involved in research, lab technicians, as well as purchase vital equipment which allows some of the leading local scientists to carry out potentially life – saving work. Most importantly, the money that we put into research stays in Northern Ireland and benefits local people. Here are just some of the ways we are supporting cancer research locally.