Local Boys Brigade Champion Generosity as They Donate to Macmillan Unit

1st December 2023
Angela Berry and Colin Millar

In a wonderful act of generosity, the Ballygrainey Boys Brigade donated an incredible £300 to the Macmillan Unit at the Ulster Hospital following their successful hosting of a ‘Big Breakfast.’

The Boys Brigade selected the Macmillan Unit for their donation as one of the Brigade’s leaders, Colin Millar’s beloved wife Claire had received treatment at the Unit. She sadly passed away in 2017. Colin visited the Unit on a previous occasion to donate the proceeds from his book “Clever Little Duckling” as a tribute to his late wife and returned on behalf of the Ballygrainey Boys Brigade to hand over the £300 cheque.

Every year, the Ballygrainey Boys Brigade engages in fundraising efforts for both their company funds and a selected charity. Colin Millar, MBE, a leader, expressed, “During the fundraiser, we served over 130 breakfasts, creating a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.

“Witnessing everyone collaborate to raise funds was truly uplifting – whether it was cooking, serving, or participating in any capacity. It’s fulfilling to be a part of something that positively impacts numerous individuals.”

Macmillan Cancer Unit Ward Sister, Angela Berry thanked the Ballygrainey Boys Brigade for their generous action, “Contributions to our charitable foundation truly impact our patients and the services they receive.

“Donations such as this one significantly help  our patients have the most comfortable journey and that is of utmost importance.”

Colin added, “I share a connection with the unit as my wife underwent cancer treatment there. Being able to raise awareness and funds holds a profound significance for me.

“The staff’s generosity and kindness made a meaningful impact on Claire’s journey, family, and me.

“I feel privileged that another organisation I’m a part of acknowledges the remarkable work carried out by the Macmillan Unit for its patients and it’s great to see the next generation appreciating it too.”