Staff in Ballymena Specsavers embraced the Christmas spirit last month by donning festive knits for charity.

Their Christmas jumper days raised £100 for the Cancer Unit in the Royal Victoria Hospital but with two special families in mind.

Children’s cancer unit

Store Director Adrian Murdoch said: ‘All of the team wanted to do something for charity over the Christmas period and thought it would be fun to add some colour to the store wearing their seasonal sweaters.

'Two families immediately came to mind when selecting the charity as they’ve both been raising money for the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in recognition of the amazing care recently given to their children.’

Care second to none

Baby Maisie McCandless was only 8 months old when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Mum Wendy explains: ‘Maisie has been through so much over the last 10 months with surgery and chemotherapy, but the Children’s Cancer Unit has been brilliant.

'The care given was second to none and we were absolutely delighted that Maisie was given the all-clear just before Christmas. We’ve been raising funds for the unit, £5,800 so far, and are very grateful to the staff at Specsavers for their contribution.’

Grateful to Specsavers

Sara and Paul Thompson have a similar story to tell. Their baby son Nathanael was 9 months old when diagnosed with cancer of the kidney. One year on following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy Nathanael is now fighting fit and enjoying fun with his big brother Alfie who’s 3 years old.

Sara says: ‘It is just fantastic how well Nathanael is now and how quickly he’s developing since the treatment stopped. We’ve been so lucky to have many friends who wanted to help us do something positive for the Children’s Cancer Unit. With a justgiving page, sponsored runs and walks we’ve managed to raise £12,690 for the RVH Unit and are very grateful to Specsavers for their contribution.’

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