West Belfast family raise £40k in memory of sister who lost cancer battle at 31

09 July 2018

A West Belfast family has raised an amazing £40,000 for Northern Ireland Hospice in support of the care services their sister received with the charity.

Philomena Devine Henry passed away aged just 31 in May 2012, following a brave battle with cervical cancer.

To celebrate her life, a group of Philomena’s family and friends called ‘Phil’s Allsorts’ have been on a major drive to raise vital funds for Northern Ireland Hospice.

Phil’s Allsorts organised exclusive screenings of the box office trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015, Fifty Shades Darker in 2017 and most recently Fifty Shades Freed at the Odyssey Cinemas, as a tribute to movie fan Philomena.

Maureen Barr, Philomena’s sister, said: “Northern Ireland Hospice provided support to my family and I at what was a very difficult time and we wanted to be able to give something back so that we as a family could help another family through their journey. I would like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising efforts each year, it means a lot to our family”.

Michael Nugent, Regional Fundraiser at Northern Ireland Hospice, added: “We would like to sincerely thank Phil's Allsorts for this amazing donation to Northern Ireland Hospice. This type of support enables Northern Ireland Hospice to deliver care services to those who need them at a difficult time in their lives.”

L-R: Philomena with her sister Maureen on her wedding day, alongside her other sister Seana