05 Oct 2022

Derry doctor who lost Dad and two aunts within 18 months is fundraising to complete Arctic Challenge for Cancer Focus NI

A Derry doctor who lost her father and two aunts within the last 18 months will hold a bun and cake sale this Friday to raise money to enable her to embark on an Arctic Challenge for Cancer Focus NI. Not only has Dr Jillian Hunter experienced the loss of three family members in such a short time frame, she has also experienced cancer from three different perspectives, that of a doctor, carer and as someone awaiting diagnosis. Dr Hunter said: "I lost my Dad in August last year to cancer and also two aunts within the past 18 months. "I see patients everyday who are affected by cancer and the devastation it leaves behind. "I have seen it from all three sides - as a doctor, as a carer and as the one waiting a diagnosis - thankfully I was OK. 1 in 2 of us will be directly affected by cancer." She added: "Cancer Focus is a local charity who support local families. Help me to help them support families in our community. "There will also be an information stand staffed by Cancer Focus staff so pop along, buy a bun and have a chat." Dr Hunter will hold the bun and cake sale this Friday in the Front Hall at Altnagelvin Hospital from 9am to 4pm to raise funds for Cancer Focus NI doing an Arctic Challenge in memory of her late father, Colin, and her two aunts. She is encouraging everyone to buy her baked goods while raising money for a worthy cause. "Help me reach my target of £3500 for my Arctic Challenge for Cancer Focus NI," she said. "Absolutely everything is home-baked; we even have gluten-free buns baked too!" There will also be a raffle for two signed shirts - one signed by the Isle of Man TT riders and the other by the Ulster Rugby. Tickets are just £2. Pictured above: Dr Jillian Hunter with her late Dad, Colin.

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