by HAZEL HAMMOND
A NUMBER of initiatives are being held in Armagh during November to help raise awareness of the devastating consequences of pancreatic cancer.
Organised by devoted campaigner Grainne O’Neill, it will include a Grease Movie Night at the Market Place Theatre on Friday, November 2.
November is pancreatic cancer awareness month and to mark the occasion the Palace Stables and Gaol are also set to be lit up purple on November 1.
There will also be an information stall about pancreatic cancer on Saturday, November 10 in the Mall Shopping Centre.
Grainne – who lost her beloved mother Anne to the cruel disease in January 2014 – told the Ulster Gazette despite almost five years having passed, her family’s heartache remains.
“It is coming up to mummy’s five year anniversary in January. Our lives haven’t been the same since mummy passed away,” she said.
Since her mother’s untimely passing at the age of 54, Grainne has set up the Fight on for Annie Fund in her memory, which has so far raised thousands of pounds.
“We have raised over £50,000 in her memory but as the years go by I worry that ‘our story’ won’t be as important anymore,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter how many years pass, I still lost my mummy to pancreatic cancer, I still don’t have a mummy anymore and I still want to make a difference for the future of pancreatic cancer.
“We will continue to keep fighting for a better outcome for patients.
“We want people to think pancreatic cancer when they see the colour purple and this is our fifth year of having the Armagh Gaol and Palace Demense lit up purple for pancreatic cancer awareness month.
“We are grateful for the councils continuous support in helping us raise awareness.”
Grainne said Fight on For Annie is excited to announce Grease as this year’s charity night movie, given that it is a true classic.
“There are two showings on Friday, November 2 in the Market Place Theatre - 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
“Come down and celebrate Grease’s 40th anniversary and sit back and enjoy the classic film that is ‘Grease’.”
Tickets are available online or can be purchased over the phone by calling 028 3752 1821.
Grainne is also urging the public to call down and take a selfie for social media when Armagh’s two iconic buildings are lit up on November 1, as this is another way to raise awareness.
“Fight on For Annie are forever grateful for all the support we get from the community,” added Grainne.
Anyone who would like to do something for pancreatic cancer awareness month or World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Thursday, November 15 should contact Grainne on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07754 566157.